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20 Discursive Essay Topics That Make the Grade
When you’re assigned to write an essay, you usually have two options when it comes to topics. Your prof either says, “Write about one of these assigned topics,” or, “Pick something, and write about it.” There are advantages and disadvantages to both. On the plus side, if you’re assigned a topic, you don’t have to …
What Is a Discursive Essay, and How Do You Write a Good One?
You’ve completed at least a few writing courses in your day and have written your share of essays. But just when you think you’ve written every possible type of paper, BAM! You’re hit with a new type of essay: the discursive essay. With the word “curse” seemingly smack dab in the middle of the name, …
Peer Editing: How to Do It The Right Way
Your professor just assigned you another student’s essay to peer review, but maybe you don’t know where to start. That’s okay! Let’s start by taking some of the mystery out of the equation. A peer review, also referred to as peer editing or a peer workshop, is when you read another student’s essay draft and …

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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 …
3 Ways to Focus on Concrete Language in Your Next Essay
Here’s a list of concrete words: Bull float Expansion joint Forms Screed Trowel Rebar Yes, these are literally words related to concrete, but that’s most likely not what your prof means when he tells you to focus on concrete language. Keep in mind, though, that these words could be considered concrete language because they’re very …
How to Write an Analytical Essay That Digs Deep
Do you remember that analytical essay you were assigned a week or two ago?  Do you realize that it’s due in a few days, and you haven’t even started it yet?  Yes, really; it’s due in a few days, so it’s time you stop procrastinating and begin writing that analytical essay! Keep reading this blog …
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 …
Here Is the Right Way and the Wrong Way to Write Topic Sentences
Great essays can make you feel like you’re on a journey—while others are more like a bad road trip. What makes the difference? Often it’s as simple as the directions you’re given along the way. To steer your readers through the curves and straightaways of your essay, it helps to give them signposts along the …
How to Write an Essay on Just about Anything
“Man, this essay is going to be impossible.” We’ve all been in this boat before, confronted with an essay assignment that is beyond difficult. What if I told you that I can teach you how to write an essay about pretty much anything under the sun? Even … hmm …wombats. “What? Why wombats?” you wonder. …
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 …
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 Research Proposal in 6 Important Steps
“I propose to cut taxes by 22%.” “I’m going to propose to Emma on Valentine’s Day.” “I propose we go to the new sushi place for dinner.” These are all great proposals, but they’re nothing like the research proposal you need to write … or are they? Actually, they’re more alike than you might think. …