Posts by Eden Meirow:

How to Quote a Poem (The Right Way)

Poetry is often one of the more difficult forms of literature that students are asked to write about. It doesn’t have a consistent structure, sometimes doesn’t have a plot or characters, and is rife with symbolism. But one of the most frequently asked questions on writing about poetry is how to quote a poem in an …

Rough Draft Mishaps: 5 Painful Mistakes to Avoid

I don’t know about you, but I feel like the hardest part of any writing assignment is composing a rough draft. It has to have much more detail than an outline, but you don’t want to perfect it too much because it is, after all, just a draft. It’s all about striking the perfect balance. …

Loose Ends: How to End an Essay With Authority

You’ve powered through your essay and have a pretty good draft in front of you. But now you’re coming up to the conclusion, and all the usual questions start rattling around in your head. Did you include enough evidence to support your arguments? Should you write more, or would that just make your essay sound more …

How to Spot a Motif in Literature

When you’re studying literature, just understanding the main point of certain books is difficult. But when you have to look for certain literary devices in the text, it can feel like a nearly impossible task—or at least not a very fun one. You’ve gotten the basics of theme, setting, and symbolism down, so now it’s …

10 Smart Topics for Your Things Fall Apart Analysis

Sometimes you read a book that—whether you love it or hate it—is unlike any other you’ve read before. Things Fall Apart is one of those types of books. Written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart shows readers a view of Africa that’s different from the white-authored colonial-type stories like Heart of Darkness. Instead …

The Art of the Research Paper Heading: 5 Tips for Success

Sometimes, essays and research papers are just really difficult to write. You may feel like you lack the creativity or just the motivation to get it done. Other times, you get in the zone. The inspiration strikes, and you’re able to get through the content really quickly. But as inspired as the body of your research paper …

9 Tips for a Strong The Yellow Wallpaper Analysis

Literature doesn’t have to be long to pack a punch. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is only 6,000 words and takes you on quite the psychological journey. There are no changes of scenery and only a handful of characters, but you get to experience a thrilling narrative. But with so few words, how do you choose a …

What Is the Writing Process, and Why Should You Care?

As a student, your time is precious. You want to write a great essay, but you shouldn’t have to put all your other assignments, or your life, on hold just to do it. That’s why it’s important to have a system. While “system” sounds like it sucks the creativity out of writing, it actually gives you …

20 Essay Conclusion Examples to Help You Finish Strong

Have you ever heard that different people learn in different ways? Well, it’s true. And while some people may be able to learn just by reading the theories on how to do something, you learn differently—you need actual examples. Just like a protester, politician, or superhero, I’m here to lead by example. I’ve put together …

What’s Missing From Your Introduction Paragraph (and How to Fix It)

You’re super confident when your teacher hands you an essay assignment. You’ve read the material and know exactly how to approach your arguments. But then you sit and stare at a blank page, unsure how to start. It happens to the best of us. Fortunately, because it’s a cause of concern for so many students, …

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How Writing for an Audience Makes Your Essay Better
When writing a speech, it’s second nature to think about the audience. The presenter keeps the audience foremost in mind when deciding how to formulate the speech from the subject to the structure to the tone. Some people get so wrapped up in thinking about the people listening to their speech that they break out …
How to Analyze Imagery in Literature the Smart Way
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words,” right? But does it really take 1,000 words to create a vivid picture? Check out this short paragraph from Charlotte’s Web: Fern came slowly down the stairs. Her eyes were red from crying. As she approached her chair, the carton wobbled, and …
22 Essay Writing Tips in 140 Characters or Fewer
In an age where communication in the simplest form is all the rage, you can learn a lot from Twitter. Being able to write an engaging sentence in 140 characters or fewer can be a great skill to apply to writing an essay, like when tackling those all-important thesis statements. But, in the most obvious sense, …
How to Write Good Essay Titles That Are… Good
Can you imagine a world where everything was named as blandly as possible? “Come here, Pet.” “Hey, Maternal Grandmother, could I get your recipe for Casserole?” “Book about a Long Journey is pretty much the best thing I’ve ever read.” “I love shopping at Clothing Store at Mall—its Regular Jeans are to die for.” Meh. …
How to Write a Surprisingly Good Synthesis Essay
Your class has been writing a few argumentative essays here and there, and you have to admit … you’re getting pretty good at it. But now your instructor says that you need to take it a step further and write a synthesis essay. The name might be a little intimidating, but don’t worry—I’ll be here …
The Best Way to Prepare for Your In-Class Essay
You’ve known for a week that this day was coming. It’s the day you’ll have to write the dreaded in-class essay. You don’t work well under pressure. You have no time to organize your thoughts. You never know what to write. You’re freaking out and can feel your heart pounding out of your chest. You …
How to Write a Good Essay: Stop Summarizing, Start Commentating
Chances are your professor has given you an assignment to write an essay that reflects on a piece of literature, or another body of work like a film or play. Do you know how to write a good essay? One basic way to elevate the quality of your next essay is to stop summarizing and …
How to Make an Essay Longer Without Writing Useless Fluff
Whenever you’re writing an essay for a class, to get into your dream school, or for some other reason besides “just for the heck of it,”  you usually need to write a minimum number of words or pages. And while there are probably topics you could write about forever — an ode to your pillow …
How to Write Good Hook Sentences
In a 1971 fight, Joe Frazier famously floored boxing champ Muhammad Ali with a strong left hook, leading to Ali’s first ever professional loss in the boxing ring. This is most definitely not the source of the word “hook” in writing, but the analogy is as solid as Frazier’s punch. No matter what type of …