Posts by Susan M. Inez:

Creative Writing Tips to Boost Your Confidence
I’m sure you’ve heard stories about famous writers who say they can’t write until they’re inspired or unless they have the perfect writing conditions. For these writers, inspiration might hit in six months when they’re walking out of a pub in London or...
How to Apply the CRAAP Test to Your Essay Sources
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You’re searching online for sources for your research paper, and halfway through reading, you ask yourself, “Who writes this crap?” Good question. You, your neighbor, or just about anyone can publish online. In the world of...
Creating a Thesis Statement: 5 Myths to (Sometimes) Ignore
Have you ever heard that touching a frog will give you warts or that Twinkies never expire? These urban legends have been around a long time, but they’re simply myths. While touching some frogs can irritate your skin, frogs don’t cause warts. They’re caused...
How to Write a Historiographical Essay … When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing
It’s a bright, sunny summer day, and you and your friend decide to walk to the beach. You cut through a park and encounter a woman walking a German Shepherd dog. When you meet up with your group at the beach, your friend tells a story of how you were almost attacked...
How to Write a Report the Stress-Free Way
Step into the time machine, and let’s take a journey back to your second-grade classroom. You’re studying (what you feel is) the best subject in the world: dinosaurs. Your teacher tells you to write a report about your favorite dinosaur, so you rush to find...
Malapropisms: Are You Making These Funny Mistakes?
“Malapropism” (sometimes also referred to as Dogberryism) If you saw your name associated with the terms above, you’d be forgiven if your first thought is to immediately visit your favorite health website and see what type of dreadful disease you may have....
5 (Bad) Writing Habits You Need to Break
Most of us have bad habits we’d like to break. Maybe you’re guilty of hogging the only TV in the dorm or leaving your Chinese takeout boxes all over the living room (both of which drive your roommates crazy). If your bad habits only cause a few disagreements...
How to Paraphrase Anything (The Right Way)
Ever see those pictures of two almost identical images (like the one below) where your only task is to spot the differences between them? The images are so similar that it’s nearly impossible to find even the most minute change. If you paraphrase incorrectly,...
Wrap It Up: 15 (Better) Concluding Transitions
Think about your favorite TV series. Whether you’re old school and wait for a new episode each week or you prefer to binge-watch all seven seasons in one weekend, the harsh truth is that eventually your beloved series must come to an end. At the end of that final...
33 Persuasive Essay Ideas That Make an Impact
How does a day rushing down water slides or floating peacefully down a lazy river sound? What if I told you that you absolutely need to go to a new local waterpark because it really is just that awesome? Would free passes seal the deal? If you’re a big fan of...
20 Ways to Improve Your Academic Writing
Would you write an email to your boss using the same word choices and style that you’d use to send an email or text to your friend? Would you start your email to your boss with “Hey dude, wassup?” Probably not. Why? Because writing to your boss demands a...
How to Start a Personal Statement the Right Way
Imagine you’re auditioning to be a contestant on a cool new TV show that requires you to traverse the country in search of clues. If you get to the final destination first, you win a million dollars. (Not a bad deal, right?) As you step in front of a panel of...
How to Come Up With College Essay Ideas that Stand Out
Let’s say you’re a single person who’s looking for a significant other but can’t seem to find any normal people at school or at work, so you decide to try an online dating app. You want your profile to stand out among potential dates, so you carefully select...
10 Common Types of College Essay Prompts–and How to Crush Them
What makes you so special? At one time or another, someone has probably asked you this snarky question to call you out on something. But when it comes to college admissions essays, it’s a downright serious question. The people reading essays really do want to...
How to Title an Essay When You’re Absolutely Stumped
Think essay titles don’t really matter? Think your profs don’t care whether you have an interesting and original title? Think again. Here’s a quick math equation to help explain why titles do matter. English profs often teach 4 classes each semester, with...
2 Synthesis Essay Examples That Have It All Together
Remember those packs of building blocks you used to get as a kid? Each pack contained just enough tiny pieces to construct your favorite superhero, princess, or jet fighter. As a child, you likely relied on the picture on the front of the plastic package, rather...
49 Persuasive Speech Topics You’ll Actually Want to Talk About
One of your worst nightmares comes true: public speaking. Your next speech is due within days, and you imagine yourself standing in front of the class, shaking uncontrollably, and suddenly unable to remember anything you’re supposed to say. Your professor seems...
13 Sociology Research Topics That Won’t Bore You to Death
It’s late Sunday night, and you’ve spent more time than you should binge-watching your new favorite crime drama. Even though you most certainly feel like those eight hours were time well-spent, they did nothing to help you think of a good topic for your upcoming...
How to Write a Thesis Statement in 5 Simple Steps
Hungry for tacos? Feel like you can’t fully concentrate on your writing assignment until you make a trip for a late-night snack? As tempting as a few tacos and a burrito sound right now, don’t rush to satisfy your cravings just yet. Instead, continue reading...
15 Thesis Statement Examples for Research Papers to Inspire You
Tell me if this has happened to you: your phone gets dunked in water (we won’t discuss how), and you start researching to see if putting it in rice will actually save it. You read a few blog posts and watch a few videos. But instead of immediately putting your...
30 Exemplification Essay Topics for an Excellent Essay
Imagine getting hired as a bus driver, and on your first day on the job, your boss tells you to “start driving.” Your first reaction might be, “Um…okay, where should I go?” Without a clear idea of where you should be driving (or for that matter, where...