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  • Character analysis is an important part of any college freshman or sophomore literature class. But they aren't always the easiest things to do. Take some advice from an English teacher, and you'll be writing those character analyses in no time!

    How to Analyze Characters in Literature

    How to Analyze Characters in Literature

    by Katherine Sanger13

  • Great and easy topics for your cause-effect paper. This article includes topic questions, videos, and links to help you find out how and what to write.

    100 Cause and Effect Essay Topics

    100 Cause and Effect Essay Topics

    by Virginia Kearney39

  • The Night Circus is a popular novel that is about an on-going competition between two magicians in a traveling circus that only runs at night. On a deeper level the book draws inspiration from The Tempest and the character Prospero. Using Shakespeare's influence we see that The Night Circus is about what it takes to tell a great story.

    The Art and Importance of Telling A Story: The Night Circus Analysis

    The Art and Importance of Telling A Story: The Night Circus Analysis

    by Music-and-Art-450

  • This article provides a framework for how to write essay introductions that are clear, strong and engaging, providing practical tools that go beyond basic “how-to” concepts to take a serious look at what readers really want from an essay. The ideas are applicable to the essays of middle school and high school writing all the way up through writing in college and graduate school.

    How to Write the Introduction of an Essay

    How to Write the Introduction of an Essay

    by wayseeker18

  • This is a brief overview of the 16 major archetypes for reference if anyone is looking. These are not to be confused with the Jungian motives or character roles in a story.

    The 16 Character Archetypes

    The 16 Character Archetypes

    by Jakd2

  • Find good sites for reading fanfiction and for publishing your own stories. General, Harry Potter, Twilight, anime, and other categories.

    Fanfiction Site List

    Fanfiction Site List

    by carny260

  • Want help making a visual essay? See my step by step instructions with video help and sample essays.

    How to Make a Visual Essay

    How to Make a Visual Essay

    by Virginia Kearney6

  • 100 topic ideas for Exploratory Essays along with ideas for how to research, write and generate your own paper topics.

    100 Exploratory Essay Topic Ideas

    100 Exploratory Essay Topic Ideas

    by Virginia Kearney0

  • Like to write satire? Want to write on a fun essay topic? Try these 100+ humorous topic ideas. Article includes tips for amping up the humor in your writing and links to sample essays.

    Funny Argumentative Essay Topic Ideas

    Funny Argumentative Essay Topic Ideas

    by Virginia Kearney8

  • Next time you have writer's block, browse through these writing prompts. Featuring 70 first lines, character prompts, and pictures to inspire you. Use or transform them, they're all yours.

    70 Creative Writing Prompts

    70 Creative Writing Prompts

    by BessieBooks15

  • A broken tree on Mt. Petit Jean, golden droplets of resin could become pure amber in centuries. There's a common myth that artists, writers and people in creative professions suffer from mental illness. Specific famous artists like Van Gogh and...

    Creativity, Isolation and Mental Illness

    Creativity, Isolation and Mental Illness

    by robertsloan220

  • Need an evaluation essay topic? List of 100 topic ideas, plus links and sample essays. Many resources for how to write your paper.

    100 Evaluation Essay Topic Ideas

    100 Evaluation Essay Topic Ideas

    by Virginia Kearney5

  • Need help writing a Visual Analysis Essay? See my tips and writing instructions with sample essays for help analyzing ads, art, photographs and other images.

    How to Write a Visual Analysis Paper

    How to Write a Visual Analysis Paper

    by Virginia Kearney16

  • A brief history of tanka, along with some of my tanka poems. Tips about poems for kids, photos, and videos are included. Written by a retired literature and writing teacher.

    Tanka: Poems for Kids - and adults

    Tanka: Poems for Kids - and adults

    by Holle Abee15

  • A brief examination of the correct grammatical use and origins of the phrase "bad rap." The purpose being to provide research based confirmation of its standard use and to show the grammatical basis for considering the phrase "bad wrap" to be incorrect.

    Is it "Bad Rap" or "Bad Wrap?"

    Is it "Bad Rap" or "Bad Wrap?"

    by Shadesbreath114

  • This article explores and explains some of the common elements in an academic research proposal. In this article you will find helpful hints of how to write a research proposal that will catch the eye of your professor, thesis, and dissertation chair.

    10 Steps to Writing an Academic Research Proposal

    10 Steps to Writing an Academic Research Proposal

    by ecoggins75

  • These contemptuous F-Words are divided into subsections for describing people, animals and things, also for use as verbs. Meanings are added for those who are interested in learning something new.

    50 Unfriendly F-Words You Can Say Instead

    50 Unfriendly F-Words You Can Say Instead

    by Dora Weithers60

  • Everything you need to choose a great topic and get started on your argumentative paper. Topic ideas, tips for choosing, and steps in writing included.

    100 Academic Persuasive Research Topics

    100 Academic Persuasive Research Topics

    by Virginia Kearney3

  • Larkin explores the nature of love and human relationships whilst visiting a 14th century cathedral tomb. What will survive of us is love the final line says, but does cynical Larkin believe that?

    Analysis of Poem "An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin

    Analysis of Poem "An Arundel Tomb" by Philip Larkin

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Need help writing a critical analysis essay? See these great topic ideas, writing tips and research links for all the help you'll need.

    50 Critical Analysis Paper Topics

    50 Critical Analysis Paper Topics

    by Virginia Kearney4

  • Writers have been using pen names for centuries but we readers sometimes forget that. You may be surprised at which famous authors use pen names and why.

    Pen Names for Famous Authors

    Pen Names for Famous Authors

    by LisaKoski9

  • A simple explanation of the difference between the two often-misused words "percent" and "percentage" and when you should and shouldn't use them.

    Word Use: Percent vs. Percentage

    Word Use: Percent vs. Percentage

    by Laura Schneider8

  • In this article we answer the question "what is the grammatical function of a pronoun?" And we also take a detailed look at all the grammatical functions of pronouns.

    Grammatical Functions of Pronouns

    Grammatical Functions of Pronouns

    by myvenn10

  • An early poem of Heaney's that takes the reader back to his childhood and the devastating death of his young brother. In a subtle, controlled form, powerful imagery emerges out of this family scene.

    Analysis of Poem "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney

    Analysis of Poem "Mid-Term Break" by Seamus Heaney

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Writing a fantasy novel and feel the itch to map your world? In this guide I outline important considerations for developing a fantasy map, as well some methods you can use to make yours a reality.

    How to Create a Map for Your Fantasy World

    How to Create a Map for Your Fantasy World

    by M. T. Dremer20

  • Easy explanation of response essay and an example Reading Response paper. Gives Response Essay outline and format too.

    Response Essay Example

    Response Essay Example

    by Virginia Kearney14

  • Although they tend to be all about your own experiences, writing a descriptive essay can be challenging. Have no fear, here are some tips to set you on the right track to a good descriptive essay.

    Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay

    Tips for Writing a Descriptive Essay

    by LisaKoski7

  • Indirect speech is also known as Reported Speech, Indirect Narration or Indirect Discourse. In grammar, when you report someone else’s statement in your own words without any change in the meaning of the statement is called indirect speech. Quoting a person’s words without using his own word and bringing about any change in the meaning of the statement is a reported speech.

    Direct and Indirect Speech with Detailed Explanation

    Direct and Indirect Speech with Detailed Explanation

    by Muhammad Rafiq22

  • In this lesson, we take a look at what the grammatical function of a noun is. We also take a detailed look at all five functions of a noun, and give simple examples to deepen your understanding.

    Functions of Nouns

    Functions of Nouns

    by myvenn3

  • Need another word instead of "said?" Try my Easy charts of Other Words for Said. Plus ideas for writing good dialogue and using Author Tags for Research Citation.

    Other Words for "Said"

    Other Words for "Said"

    by Virginia Kearney12

  • Whether you're writing a short personal essay or a novel-size memoir, Lee Gutkind's simplified 5-step guide to Creative Non-Fiction is not one to pass up.

    The Five R’s of Creative Non-Fiction

    The Five R’s of Creative Non-Fiction

    by Jocelyn Figueroa1

  • An analysis of the poetry of Irish Nationalist William Butler Yeats in the context of the Decadent Movement of art and literature in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

    William Butler Yeats and the Decadent Movement

    William Butler Yeats and the Decadent Movement

    by Nicole Quaste10

  • Despite being a late starter, Charles Bukowski had many lovers in middle life. He wrote about his women extensively in his poems and fiction, often with humor. This article takes a look at the wives and girlfriends of Charles Bukowski.

    The Wives and Girlfriends of Charles Bukowski

    The Wives and Girlfriends of Charles Bukowski

    by Paul Goodman2

  • Get help writing your Reading Response essay. See this sample paper and tips for how to write your essay.

    Sample Reading Response Paper

    Sample Reading Response Paper

    by Virginia Kearney4

  • A definition for what is style in English Literature and why it is important. This article also provides quotes from authors about style in literature and information about the basic elements of literary style.

    What Is Style in English Literature?

    What Is Style in English Literature?

    by LisaKoski7

  • Easy to follow steps to get you through the toughest poetry. Learn the basic method of analysis and gain greater understanding of the poem that lies before you on the page.

    How to Analyse a Poem for Exams or Pleasure

    How to Analyse a Poem for Exams or Pleasure

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • FFN and AO3 are the two biggest fan fiction archives on the internet today. Which one do you prefer? Let's take a closer look at the pros and cons of each.

    FanFiction.Net vs. Archive of Our Own

    FanFiction.Net vs. Archive of Our Own

    by Nicole Pellegrini48

  • Writing philosophy essays doesn’t have to be boring. (Perhaps I’m not the best person to talk about this because I never find philosophy essays boring!) The trick is to make it interesting for you. There are different ways you can do this. In...

    How to Write a Philosophy Dialogue

    How to Write a Philosophy Dialogue

    by Davids writing1

  • This article gives some tips and tricks for how to write a paper, especially a thesis-driven paper. It offers tips for choosing a thesis, research, and citation.

    How to Write an A+ Thesis-Driven Paper

    How to Write an A+ Thesis-Driven Paper

    by K. Nichole0

  • If you have a collection of beautiful notebooks and journals you're afraid to write in, here are some ideas to help you fire up your creative muse and fill those blank pages!

    Creative Uses for Notebooks and Journals

    Creative Uses for Notebooks and Journals

    by Sadie Holloway1

  • Many writers used animal similes to describe their characters attitudes and personalities. Here is a list of commonly use animal similes.

    List of Animal Similes

    List of Animal Similes

    by MM Del Rosario172

  • When do you use "I" or "me"? If you've ever met "Jimmy," you'll be begging to use personal pronouns just so you won't have to hear Jimmy talk about himself in the third person all the time. But before you gang up on Jimmy, find out when you're supposed to use "I" or "me" in a given statement.

    When To Use "I" or "Me" - Put the Right Word In

    When To Use "I" or "Me" - Put the Right Word In

    by Cynthia Sageleaf57

  • Here's a great example of a proposal essay with simple and easy step-by-step instructions on how to write an effective paper. Getting an A on a proposal paper is simple if you follow some simple steps

    How to Write a Proposal Essay/Paper

    How to Write a Proposal Essay/Paper

    by Laura Writes40

  • An analysis of poems published in Anne Sextons' book "Transformations", which is a book of poetry centered around The Brothers Grimm Fairy-Tales. In these poems she retells the fairy-tale stories.

    The Transformation of Anne Sexton: The Grimm Complex

    The Transformation of Anne Sexton: The Grimm Complex

    by Brittany Kussman4

  • Sylvia Plath has been sadly memorialized by her suicide more than her body of work. What people seem to miss is that Plath changed an entire hemisphere of readers and writers, influencing many of the top thinkers today. What is in the history of this woman, so understood for her mental instability and talent for writing?

    Sylvia Plath: Her Life and Importance to American Literature and History

    Sylvia Plath: Her Life and Importance to American Literature and History

    by DIMIR10

  • Writers often struggle to find the right word to capture the qualities of touch and texture. Here is a list to help you find the perfect word.

    400 Words to Describe Texture

    400 Words to Describe Texture

    by ajbarnett34

  • Persuasive writing is an important skill for students to learn, but you need age appropriate things for kids to write about. Here are a few prompts that are good for third graders.

    10 Persuasive Writing Prompts for 3rd Graders

    10 Persuasive Writing Prompts for 3rd Graders

    by Brian Rock0

  • In this article I’ll be introducing a brief overview of the concept of the Grotesque in literature. By the end of this article, you should be able to recognize what qualities make something grotesque.

    The Grotesque: A Brief Overview of the Literary Term

    The Grotesque: A Brief Overview of the Literary Term

    by Grinning Gremlin7

  • Confused as to when you're supposed to use lay vs. lie? You're not alone. These two words have to be two of the more difficult ones to get correct all the time. Read this humorous hub to help you remember, and see if your brain has turned to Swiss cheese.

    Lay vs. Lie: Grammar Errors and Quiz

    Lay vs. Lie: Grammar Errors and Quiz

    by Cynthia Sageleaf59

  • Great topic ideas for science essays, links to articles to begin your research, writing tips, and step-by-step instructions for writing your paper.

    100 Science Topics for Research Papers

    100 Science Topics for Research Papers

    by Virginia Kearney124

  • Need help with a College English Syllabus? See this sample for ideas you can copy. Includes Syllabus quiz.

    College English Syllabus Sample

    College English Syllabus Sample

    by Virginia Kearney14

  • Learn how to identify, interpret, and write about a symbol in a work of literature. Ace your English class! Suitable for high school English or college-level literature.

    How to Write a Symbolism Essay

    How to Write a Symbolism Essay

    by Nadia Archuleta0

  • The English Romantic poets are artists of a movement that spread out from England, across Europe and to America. Influenced by radical ideas and revolutions, their lives are as poetic as their words.

    English Poets of the Romantic Movement

    English Poets of the Romantic Movement

    by Tina Dubinsky11

  • Looking for that next research topic on English Literature can be tough. Here are some tips on how to get started on your next essay as well as a link to a list of research essay topics.

    Research Topics in English Literature

    Research Topics in English Literature

    by LisaKoski36

  • Auto Wreck is a poem of vivid imagery written at a time when car crashes were relatively rare. It is a commentary on the actual accident scene but also explores human fragility and death.

    Analysis of Poem "Auto Wreck" by Karl Shapiro

    Analysis of Poem "Auto Wreck" by Karl Shapiro

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • The English language is full of words that sound alike but are written differently, or are spelled alike but pronounced differently, and which make you look silly when you mix them up. This article discusses why we shouldn't try to peak someone's interest, wet someone's appetite, say "Here comes the Calvary," drink expresso, or use affect as a noun outside of clinical psychology.

    You’re Saying it Wrong:  Five Commonly Misspoken (and Misspelled) Words and Phrases

    You’re Saying it Wrong: Five Commonly Misspoken (and Misspelled) Words and Phrases

    by Jeff Berndt20

  • Need help on your reflective paper? Here, you'll find over 100 essay topics and help in writing your essay fast.

    100 Reflective Essay Topic Ideas

    100 Reflective Essay Topic Ideas

    by Virginia Kearney8

  • His name was Howard Philips Lovecraft, but to the world, he emerged as the dream-ridden soul, the one who spoke of the terrifying shadow in the corner, H.P. Lovecraft, gifted with the subtle words that, even today, shake the foundations of the...

    The Top 10 Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

    The Top 10 Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

    by BlakeCzirr37

  • Writing a review is simple; writing an engaging review is a hair trickier. This article includes 9 simple steps writers can take to make their reviews more interesting to their readers.

    How to Write a Killer Movie or Music Review

    How to Write a Killer Movie or Music Review

    by Shay Marie37

  • Although the Toy Story films' target audience is children, the films themselves are actually about adult professionals dealing with adult problems.

    The Real Meaning of Toy Story

    The Real Meaning of Toy Story

    by Adam Kullman0

  • A writer's notebook or inspiration journal is a great way to inspire yourself through quotes, writing prompts, poems, pictures, or really anything else you find interesting.

    How to Start a Writer's Notebook

    How to Start a Writer's Notebook

    by Chloe Davis Smith23

  • How to use 'said' correctly in a story, what to use instead of it, and other ways to convey how a word or line of dialogue was said.

    550 Alternative Words for "Said"

    550 Alternative Words for "Said"

    by ajbarnett316

  • Not all English as a second language exams have the option of writing a short story, but the Cambridge First Certificate exam does, and so do some others, so it is necessary to know how to write one. Students often choose to write a story in the...

    Exam Tips: How to Write a Story For an English Language Test

    Exam Tips: How to Write a Story For an English Language Test

    by Paul Perspicacity22

  • Aphra Behn’s “The Disappointment” represents the female role in a patriarchal society. The poem offers a scandalous tale presented in a charming and traditionally poetic way. Behn’s ideal of improved status of women is clearly reflected in this poem of love, sex, and power. Behn uses traditional poetic language and form to capture the modern hope of equality for women.

    Poetic Feminism in Aphra Behn's 17th Century Poem “The Disappointment”

    Poetic Feminism in Aphra Behn's 17th Century Poem “The Disappointment”

    by Nancy Snyder1

  • Over 150 expository topic ideas. Includes inspiration for Concept, Definition, Cause/ Effect, How-to, and other essay types.

    150 Topics for Essays That Explain

    150 Topics for Essays That Explain

    by Virginia Kearney10

  • Need help on cause effect essays? Easy instructions, tips, and organization ideas for writing an excellent cause or effect paper.

    How to Write Cause and Effect Essays

    How to Write Cause and Effect Essays

    by Virginia Kearney5

  • Psychologists have identified 6 basic, nearly universal, human emotions. How can you use these for more effective writing?

    Use the 6 Basic Emotions in Writing

    Use the 6 Basic Emotions in Writing

    by Rachael Lefler6

  • This article includes everything you need for writing an interesting essay: Easy technology topics with links to videos, articles, and research to start your paper.

    100 Technology Topics for Research Papers

    100 Technology Topics for Research Papers

    by Virginia Kearney48

  • Do you have an essay to write and do not know where or how to begin? Before you get started, there are a few things you must know about writing an essay. Forming and structuring an essay are necessary for a well developed essay. Here I will give you the steps on how to do this.

    Essay Form and Structure: How to Write an Essay

    Essay Form and Structure: How to Write an Essay

    by Evi Lopez10

  • In written, formal arguments, the best way to build credibility with readers is to provide them with evidence. No matter what your argument might be and which side you agree with, citing strong evidence to back up your claim leaves the opposition...

    The Four Types of Evidence

    The Four Types of Evidence

    by gypsumgirl0

  • An adolescent love poem that looks back at a first date, with the emphasis on oranges and new potential. Full of images and contrasts, this insightful poem is an extended metaphor of sorts.

    Analysis of "Oranges" by Gary Soto

    Analysis of "Oranges" by Gary Soto

    by Andrew Spacey0

  • Having trouble with description? Here's a few helpful questions to get you get started with describing a fantasy city.

    How to Describe a Fantasy City

    How to Describe a Fantasy City

    by M. T. Dremer21

  • Anyone can write a recipe. The trick is to find a special niche that makes your food article stand out in the crowded field. Try these suggestions.

    How To Write A Food Article

    How To Write A Food Article

    by Bill Holland136

  • The differences between British and American English are reflected primarily in the use of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. This hub relates experience with Brits and British English.

    Differences Between British and American English

    Differences Between British and American English

    by Paul Richard Kuehn127

  • When trying to write an essay, write a poem or write a story, good feedback is essential. Learn the basics of literary criticism here.

    The Art of Constructive Criticism

    The Art of Constructive Criticism

    by wayseeker105

  • Having a good "attention getter" for an essay paper is absolutely crucial because, on average, people will give you the first 2 sentences to decide whether or not your essay will be interesting or a waste of time.

    Good Attention Getters for Essays With Examples

    Good Attention Getters for Essays With Examples

    by Dr. Poeta Diablo30

  • Are you having trouble writing an essay in 3.5 format? Discover how to write this form of essay, along with samples, essay writing tips. and online resources.

    How to Write in the Format of a 3.5 Essay

    How to Write in the Format of a 3.5 Essay

    by Jessica Marello10

  • Write your paper fast with these easy topic ideas. No research needed. Just write what you already know.

    List of Easy Essay Topic Ideas

    List of Easy Essay Topic Ideas

    by Virginia Kearney8

  • Writing about your character's body language is essential to an engaging story. But, here are some things you shouldn't do as you write about body language.

    How Not to Write Body Language

    How Not to Write Body Language

    by Nicole Grizzle14

  • This is a list of fabulous topic ideas for a persuasive paper about a scientific topic. Includes lots of research links to help you get started.

    150 Science Essay Topic Ideas

    150 Science Essay Topic Ideas

    by Virginia Kearney18

  • For those of you who don't know me, my name is Megan Rose Gedris. For the past 7 years, my primary activity has been writing and drawing comics with LGBT themes. I also do a lot of prose (short stories and novels) that feature LGBT people, and I've...

    Writing Gay Characters

    Writing Gay Characters

    by rosalarian127

  • How a book is printed and distributed can affect its sales, marketability and usability. Discover the most common types of book binding, as well as pros and cons of each for self publishing.

    Types of Book Binding

    Types of Book Binding

    by Heidi Thorne13

  • Langston Hughes is writing a poem of someone who feels that America does not live up to what it should be. The tone is angry and resentful.

    Let America Be America Again Summary

    Let America Be America Again Summary

    by romper2037

  • Maps are an essential tool for creative writers. Maps inspire the imagination and store vital data about the fictional world and its people. Follow the steps to create a simple but functional map.

    Map Creation for Fictional Worlds

    Map Creation for Fictional Worlds

    by Tina Dubinsky2

  • Donald was wealthy, handsome and, if the ring on his left hand meant anything, not available. The sexy redhead seated on the bar stool next to him seemed to consider the last point irrelevant.

    A Working Vacation

    A Working Vacation

    by Chris Mills27

  • Idioms are especially difficult for foreigners of any language. Idioms are not necessarily predictable in their use or context. Here is a list of happy idioms in the English language.

    Happy Idioms - Figurative Language

    Happy Idioms - Figurative Language

    by Marisa Hammond Olivares47

  • Top 10 Most Annoying Cliches - From meaningless contradictions to condescending insults, cliches can be unbearably irritating.

    Top 10 Most Annoying Cliches

    Top 10 Most Annoying Cliches

    by Thomas Swan42

  • Snake, one of D.H.Lawrence's celebrated animal poems, is a personal account of a meeting with a Sicilian viper. This analysis will guide both student and poetry lover through the layers of meaning.

    An Analysis of the Poem Snake by D.H.Lawrence

    An Analysis of the Poem Snake by D.H.Lawrence

    by Andrew Spacey2

  • Anne Sexton's poetry is unique in that it confronts mental illness head on, gives direct access to the heart and soul of a troubled mother, artist and poet. 'I hold back nothing,' she wrote. So true.

    Anne Sexton and the Poetry of Mental Illness

    Anne Sexton and the Poetry of Mental Illness

    by Andrew Spacey19

  • A winning scholarship essay can be worth thousands of dollars. Make your essay the strongest it can be so you win a scholarship. Read the key elements and samples of winning scholarship essays.

    The Art of the Scholarship Essay

    The Art of the Scholarship Essay

    by Nadia Archuleta4

  • Looking forward to writing on iWriter? Well, find all you need to know to work on this freelance site. Learn how to sign up, pick work and get paid. Learn also how to grow your account and earn more!

    A Quick Guide to Writing on iWriter

    A Quick Guide to Writing on iWriter

    by Januaris Saint Fores4

  • Since the advent of film, there have been over 20 film and TV adaptations of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre. Here is an examination of Jane Eyre's film history and other adaptations on the stage and other media.

    Comprehensive Guide to Jane Eyre Adaptations

    Comprehensive Guide to Jane Eyre Adaptations

    by Brittany Rowland28

  • The English language abounds with expressions that have been in common usage for so long that everyone knows exactly what they mean. Known as idioms, many of these expressions have surprising origins.

    10 Common English Idioms and Their Surprising Origins.

    10 Common English Idioms and Their Surprising Origins.

    by Stephen Barnes4

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