Non-Fiction



“NO!” my friend shouted, upset. “What’s wrong?” I asked, leaving the kitchen to join them in the living room. “This company wants a cover letter in addition to a resume!” I understand why it can seem distressing to have to add a cover letter to a resume. It’s enough of […]

How to Write a Winning Application Cover Letter


How to Write Your Goals
Facing the prospect of life after graduation kind of makes my skin crawl because my major is so open that I could literally take it and run anywhere and do anything with excellence. I have glamorous dreams, but no dream comes to pass without putting in the work beforehand. Enter goal setting […]

How to Write Your Goals (and Why You Need Them)



See also: How to Write any Essay Abstracts are the short (usually 100-700 words) paragraphs you see printed in research journals that describe whatever is in the actual research paper. Any essay that is published usually comes with an abstract. Used to help readers determine whether or not they need […]

How to Write an Abstract for a Paper


How to Write Outlines
See also: How to Write Any Essay For the most part, I never minded turning in papers in chunks. First draft, revised draft, final draft… it was an easy way to get completion points. I hated turning in outlines. How was I supposed to decide what I was going to write before I […]

How to Write Outlines (and why you need to write ...


What is a photo essay? A photo essay is like a film, except instead of using moving pictures you use still ones. It’s also like an essay, but instead of using paragraphs and grammar you use images and color and photographic technique to argue. Photo essays tell a story with […]

How to Write a Photo Essay



how to write your personal motto
What is a personal motto? A personal motto is the equivalent of a business slogan. In a single(ish) sentence or phrase, you capture who you are and what you are doing (or at least what you want to be doing) on Earth. College essay applications are the only time you […]

How to Write Your Personal Motto


how to start journaling
Two weeks ago I wrote about all the convincing reasons why you should journal. As much as you might want to journal, if you’re like the rest of us, you figured you had enough going on with New Year’s Resolutions and a) have already quit journaling or b) didn’t start because you […]

How to Start Journaling (and keep doing it)


why you should journal as a human
To be clear before we begin, when I say “to journal,” I mean the act of daily (or almost daily) writing in a notebook with a pen or pencil. This post is not about why you should journal because you’re a writer. Or a student. Or a parent, child, ambitious […]

Why You Should Journal as a Human



How to write any essay
Why do We Write Papers in Schools? Essays as a literary form are attributed first to the French writer Michel de Montaigne, and second to English writer Sir Francis Bacon. The form wasn’t officially called essay (essais) until Michel started writing them in the late 1500s. What set the essay […]

How to Write Any Essay