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Writing a Lyric Essay

Made famous by the Seneca Review, the Lyric Essay is an unique art form that creates a new way to look at a personal essay or a narrative poem or any kind of written creative writing. Comprised of any number of attributes, a good definition is hard to nail down and can vary from person to person. The main idea of...

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The Oxford Comma Debate

Of all the punctuation in the English language, the Oxford Comma is by far the most controversial. This tiny mark has gained so much attention that there are entire forums dedicated to its importance. What is the Oxford Comma, you ask? Grammerly.com defines it as “The final comma in a list of things.” Let’s look at why this is so important....

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Defining a Memoir

Let’s Define the Memoir. The short definition of a memoir is: a story (usually non-fiction) of a short amount of time or an event in a person’s life. There are lots of authors who bend the rules and add creative license into the mix, but for the most part, those are the rules. It is more specific than the autobiography, which spans...

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A Good Beginning

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man, in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife~ Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Call me Ishmael~ Moby Dick by Herman Melville If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.~ The Bad Beginning (Series of Unfortunate Events...

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Three Practical Things to Consider Before Deciding to Self-Publish

A story or idea has been growing in your mind, perhaps for decades, and you finally take the leap—you decide you want to write and potentially self-publish. Congratulations! Self-publishing has steadily grown in popularity over the past decade and is certainly easier in many respects than traditional publishing. Much has been written on the process and what’s involved once you begin,...

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Apps You Need When Writing

The Google Docs App   Unlike software writing programs, Google Docs is free and you don’t have to hit the save button like a maniac. It closely mirrors Microsoft Word, with all the functions of writing software. Sitting in jury duty, waiting for the train, bored in a work meeting that could have been an email? Perfect chances for breaking out your...

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Choosing a Pen Name: Then and Now

Have you ever heard that quote, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman”? It’s true. Women could not publish. Back in the 1800s, The Bronte sisters: Emily, Charlotte, and Anne, had pen names. They went as Ellis, Currer, and Acton Bell, respectively. They didn’t have the luxury of writing under their own names, but they had the privilege to be...

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