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4 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Prose

4 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Prose

Staring down a blank page? Getting your creativity flowing is often the most difficult part of the entire writing process. It can be so daunting for some would-be writers that they give up entirely! So what can you do to avoid that spiral of creative mishaps? Try out one of the following tried-and-true creative writing exercises - you might be surprised how much they can help! Use a Writing Prompt Many times, the problem for writers is thinking up a topic to focus on. You may know what type … Read More

4 Creative Writing Exercises to Improve Your Prose
Staring down a blank page? Getting your creativity flowing is often the most difficult part of the entire writing process. It can be so daunting for some would-be writers that they give up entirely! So what can you do to avoid that spiral of creative mishaps? Try out one of the following tried-and-true creative writing exercises - you might be surprised how much they can help! Use a Writing Prompt Many times, the problem for writers is thinking up a topic to focus on. You may know what type
Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
On Wednesday morning, 86-year-old writer and American icon Maya Angelou passed away. Angelou was a memoirist and poet who grew up in the Jim Crow South and survived childhood sexual abuse. She overcame these hardships with incredible strength of spirit, and went on to lead a creative and fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of joyful, empowering work. Angelou is most known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which has become required reading for many high school
7 Ways to Stay Focused in a World of Distractions
If you feel easily distracted in your daily life, you're not alone! But as a writer or artist, this can be particularly detrimental to your craft. Here, Ann Arbor, MI teacher Keith F. shares some of his suggestions for how to stay focused...   In our modern culture, we watch television and use the internet several hours a day. We are experiencing 'passive stimulation.' Screens with light and color keep our attention, resulting in a form of light hypnosis, with the images constantl
How to Analyze an Argument in an Essay | 4 Easy Steps
At some point in your academic career, you'll need to know how to analyze an argument properly. Here, tutor Andrew P. shares his guide to success...   As a college student, you'll be expected at some point to understand, restate, comment on, or discuss someone’s assertion (strongly stated position). An argument is a reason(s) for a conclusion. He is dense (reason); therefore, I won’t talk with him (conclusion). I won’t talk with him (conclusion) because he is dense (reaso
How to Write a Stellar College Admission Essay
Ready to write your college admission essay? This is your chance to share a little about yourself, and impress the admission board! Read on as online tutor Natalie S. shares her tips... Undeniably, the hardest and most time-consuming part about applying to college is the essay portion of the application. This part of the process is what I spend most of the fall working on with my students. The essay topics tend to be questions that force students to think outside the box, and they all require s

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