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It’s essay writing season for tons of students!

After being a college writing tutor for over a year, I thought I would share my advice with all you awesome people on tumblr. This is how I write essays, but if you’ve got more tips, feel free to add them below. 

Happy writing. You can do it!

this is good advice right here yo

If I may add, if you need a citation site and you are hard pressed for time, use easybib.com! You insert an ISBN, URL, or other, and it cites it for you, more or less! However, I do warn that sometimes the citations are not always in the accurate format, and they should always be checked over.

The Owl at Purdue is probably one of the most awesome resources to help people learn how to write citations, and it explains it very well, as well as provides a lot of examples!

And a piece of advice when writing an essay, try not to write “This shows…etc” after a quote. It’s too frequently used and is a little too elementary, if I may. Getting straight into the meaty explanation without the “this shows” part can often make it sound smarter, in my opinion.

And don’t forget to show a little style! I’m assuming this essay doesn’t refer to personal essays but essays in general, and it never hurts to be a little unique. Depending on the essay, relating to yourself is also a great topic to write about, as it makes the essay more personal and also gives you more to write about and therefore more words to fill up whatever 2000 word requirement you may need!

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Basic Plot Structure - The Five Plotting Moments That Matter
A good story opens with a protagonist whose life has been turned upside down in a negative way by an antagonist. This is called the Inciting Moment. This causes problems for the protagonist. The protagonist has to react to this challenge. The protagonist tries to solve the problem. The problem is not solved and becomes more complicated. The main character tries again. This attempt also fails and the problem worsens. This leads to a ‘dark night of the soul’ where it seems as if the antagonist will win. The protagonist tries again and solves the problem.
This is plotting at its most basic. You will have to flesh out the plot from this simple formula. We know from teaching our course, Writers Write, that most writers haven’t even thought out these five points before they decide to write a book. We would suggest that you use it as a starting point.
by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write

amandaonwriting:

Basic Plot Structure - The Five Plotting Moments That Matter

A good story opens with a protagonist whose life has been turned upside down in a negative way by an antagonist. This is called the Inciting Moment. This causes problems for the protagonist. The protagonist has to react to this challenge. The protagonist tries to solve the problem. The problem is not solved and becomes more complicated. The main character tries again. This attempt also fails and the problem worsens. This leads to a ‘dark night of the soul’ where it seems as if the antagonist will win. The protagonist tries again and solves the problem.

This is plotting at its most basic. You will have to flesh out the plot from this simple formula. We know from teaching our course, Writers Write, that most writers haven’t even thought out these five points before they decide to write a book. We would suggest that you use it as a starting point.

by Amanda Patterson for Writers Write


amandaonwriting:

Gustave Flaubert’s Personal Effects
In the bedroom on the first floor:
panama hattop hatred silk cravat5 pairs of gloves19 shirts2 dressing gowns5 waistcoasts7 walking stickstobacco jartwo pairs of boots
In the dining room:
35 champagne glasses48 porcelain dinner platesa painting representing Napoléon Ia pocket watch in a gold case engraved with initials ‘GF’a gold watch chaina gold signet ring with square stonea silver spoon and two forks marked ‘N flaubert’5 oyster-knives with black handles and silver blades
In the study on the first floor:
Engraving in oakwood frame representing The temptation of Saint Antoine by CallotMarble clock with bronze figurines, maker’s name ‘Destigny’ engraved on dialPhotographic reproduction of painting entitled VisionsArray consisting of lances, javelins, arrows, mandolin, Basque drum, axe, oriental pipe, cardboard Chinese statuetteLarge round table in mahoganyGreen woolen tableclothOne tiger skin, one lynx skin, one bear skin, whitePenholder in the shape of dragonBronze inkwellThree paperknives, one with initials ‘GF’Two Egyptian lanternsUnfinished manuscript of work entitled Bouvard et PécuchetCreuzer, Religions of Antiquity in 11 volsWorks of Saint Theresa in Migne editionWorks of Walter Scott in 32 vols.(In the drawer of one of the small bookcases is found the sum of 2515 francs, which sum is deposited with Maitre Bidault to cover funeral expenses, burial charges, and other debts.)
As Catalogued by M. Lemoel on May 20, 1880, Twelve Days after the Writer’s Death.
Source: Paris Review

amandaonwriting:

Gustave Flaubert’s Personal Effects

In the bedroom on the first floor:

panama hat
top hat
red silk cravat
5 pairs of gloves
19 shirts
2 dressing gowns
5 waistcoasts
7 walking sticks
tobacco jar
two pairs of boots

In the dining room:

35 champagne glasses
48 porcelain dinner plates
a painting representing Napoléon I
a pocket watch in a gold case engraved with initials ‘GF’
a gold watch chain
a gold signet ring with square stone
a silver spoon and two forks marked ‘N flaubert’
5 oyster-knives with black handles and silver blades

In the study on the first floor:

Engraving in oakwood frame representing The temptation of Saint Antoine by Callot
Marble clock with bronze figurines, maker’s name ‘Destigny’ engraved on dial
Photographic reproduction of painting entitled Visions
Array consisting of lances, javelins, arrows, mandolin, Basque drum, axe, oriental pipe, cardboard Chinese statuette
Large round table in mahogany
Green woolen tablecloth
One tiger skin, one lynx skin, one bear skin, white
Penholder in the shape of dragon
Bronze inkwell
Three paperknives, one with initials ‘GF’
Two Egyptian lanterns
Unfinished manuscript of work entitled Bouvard et Pécuchet
Creuzer, Religions of Antiquity in 11 vols
Works of Saint Theresa in Migne edition
Works of Walter Scott in 32 vols.
(In the drawer of one of the small bookcases is found the sum of 2515 francs, which sum is deposited with Maitre Bidault to cover funeral expenses, burial charges, and other debts.)

As Catalogued by M. Lemoel on May 20, 1880, Twelve Days after the Writer’s Death.

Source: Paris Review

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When to use i.e. in a sentence

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Body Language Cheat Sheet for Writers

As described by Selnick’s article:

Author and doctor of clinical psychology Carolyn Kaufman has released a one-page body language cheat sheet of psychological “tells” (PDF link) fiction writers can use to dress their characters.

This is something I have always encouraged people to consider when writing. If you can afford it, and you have one in your area - TAKE A BODY LANGUAGE CLASS.  It will open your eyes to a whole new world of subtleties you never knew existed. SO worth it as a “Real Life” skill and for all those times when you’re writing and you need your character to react nonverbally.

There is also, in addition to these others, the writer resource book: The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

This is how you show, not tell what your character is feeling.

^^^^^^^^^^^

SHOW, PEOPLE!!

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the-iridescence:

Norwegian conceptual artist Rune Guneriussen explores a fascinating balance of human culture and nature with his outdoor installations of electric lamps, stacked books, chairs, and phones that appear to have gathered in small herds and swarms as if suddenly sentient. Each work is assembled and photographed on-site without any digital intervention in various rural locations around Norway.

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