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5 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

5 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction

Imagine transporting yourself into another time -- pretty cool right? This is exactly what readers get to do with the historical fiction genre. If you're interested in trying your hand at writing historical fiction, here are some tips for creating that immersive experience for your readers. 1. Define Your Time Period You may have an idea for the general era in which you want your story to take place, but that's not the same thing as a defined time period. For instance, the Middle Ages enco … Read More

5 Tips for Writing Historical Fiction
Imagine transporting yourself into another time -- pretty cool right? This is exactly what readers get to do with the historical fiction genre. If you're interested in trying your hand at writing historical fiction, here are some tips for creating that immersive experience for your readers. 1. Define Your Time Period You may have an idea for the general era in which you want your story to take place, but that's not the same thing as a defined time period. For instance, the Middle Ages enco
Literature Study Guides: Supplements NOT Substitutes!
Think you can skip the book and go straight to the literature study guides or CliffsNotes? Not so fast! Check out tutor Matthew H.'s advice here...   Many high school and college students will use some form of literature study guides during their schooling. These can be really useful tools when implemented appropriately. Unfortunately, too many people view them as a way to avoid doing the assignment rather than as a way to understand the material better. First of all, letÂ’s dis
A+ Tips: How to Write an Essay
Does your stomach drop every time you hear the words "writing assignment"? It is quite common for students to stress over writing papers, but once you learn more about how to write an essay, you will find that there is a method to the madness. Keep calm and get good grades, by following these six easy steps to writing an essay. Step One: Research Whatever you plan to write about, it is best to do your research before you start writing your essay. If your essay requires you to quote outside
Math Help: Support Your Kids When You Have No Clue Where to Start
Is your child struggling in school? You probably know that having a few tools to aid your child with math help is better than just one single approach. While hiring a private tutor can be a huge help, what happens the rest of the week in between meetings with the tutor is also important. So how can you as a parent help your child learn math when the tutor isn't sitting alongside you? Here are some ideas: Have a Positive Attitude One of the biggest hurdles you need to overcome in order to be
Thinking About Cramming for a Test? You Might Want to Read This
We've all felt that familiar time crunch when you have a big test coming up. But does cramming for a test the night before actually work? Read on as tutor Danh L. explains why you might want to plan ahead next time...   I expect my students to do about 30-60 minutes of homework DAILY. That's 3.5 to 7 hours of work a week. From my exchanges with other tutors, even ones charging up to $500/hour, this estimate is around what they expect, too. But what should you do if you miss a

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