Help with Writing Assignments: Paragraphs, Essays, Outlines & More
Good writing skills are an essential part of your school studies, from elementary grades, to high school, into college and beyond. Because written communication is such a crucial skill, it will be a continuing course of study in each grade, from your first day of school until your last.
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The ghazal (pronounced like guzzle) is a traditional Arabian verse form with the first two lines ending in the same refrain, which is then repeated at the end of each stanza. Learn how to write this fun, but challenging poetic form.
Authentic-sounding dialogue can be the difference between a good story and a great one. Simulating true human speech is a challenge. The way we write, the way we think we talk and what we actually say are three different things. Practice and experience will make you a strong writer of dialogue.
Mysteries are addictive. Pick up a good one and you won’t put it down until you’re done. Then you’ll want to read more from that author and about those characters. Learn to write your own addictive mystery story by following these five steps.
The villanelle is a nineteen line poem with a strict pattern of repetition. This form of poetry can be a great way to explore a repeated thought or feeling. Read on for examples and directions on how to write one of your own.
The modern elegy is a poem written to commemorate the life and death of a special person. The subject may be very close to you or be a person you admired from afar. In a broader sense, an elegy can be any reflective piece of verse with a lamenting tone.
A ballad is a traditional form of long, narrative poetry, sometimes set to music. Whether writing one for a school assignment, or just for fun, ballads can be great way to tell a story or honor an event in a memorable way.
Haiku is a Japanese poetic form typically consisting of one five syllable line, one seven, and one five. Its simplicity and accessibility have allowed it to spread throughout the world. However, the austerity of the form demands care and precision from the author.
My favorite poetic form is the ten-by-ten: a one-hundred beat poem crafted from ten lines of ten syllables each. A good ten-by-ten is like a well-built watch: compact, accurate and efficient. Practice writing them today to sharpen your creative skills.
A sonnet is a classic poetic form consisting of fourteen lines with a rhyme scheme. The name is derived from “sonetto", which means “little song" in Italian. It first appeared in it’s Italian form, but you may be more familiar with the English form.
Improving your writing skills means learning what it takes to become a top notch writer. This guide walks you through word choice, sentence structure, mechanics and conventions (better than it sounds!), paragraph writing… even how to write poetry that doesn’t rhyme. Read on for writing adventure.