How to Brainstorm

By Elina Mohan The hero is faced with a huge—potentially insurmountable—challenge. A random event or object sparks their creativity, and suddenly they devise a brilliant solution to save the day. Wouldn’t it be amazing if ideas struck us like this too? However, this is highly unrealistic.In order to write a creative piece, it is importantContinue reading “How to Brainstorm”

Take a Minute to Reflect

If you weren’t aware, we’re living through a global pandemic. It’s definitely been a rough time adjusting to our new normal, but we are also in a unique position. It’s on us– every single person– to remember what happened this year. I am a bit of an optimist (I practically live in the silver lining),Continue reading “Take a Minute to Reflect”

Banned Books: Is the Harry Potter book series encouraging Witchcraft?

Books are essential to life. Many people may scoff at this idea, but books teach lessons, inspire, and provide an escape from reality. Most of us have read a book in our lifetime and absolutely loved it. So why are some of these books being banned and removed from education systems?  Well, I’ll tell you.Continue reading “Banned Books: Is the Harry Potter book series encouraging Witchcraft?”

How to Find Your Strengths (and Write About Them)

In a world where we constantly compare ourselves to unrealistic beauty standards and uncommon success stories, many of us have become our worst critics. We constantly push ourselves to do better and work harder. Nothing we do will ever bring us 100% satisfaction, because there’s always someone out there who can and will do itContinue reading “How to Find Your Strengths (and Write About Them)”

Three Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

While it’s the content of your writing that’s the most important, your grammar has the power to make or break your writing. Good grammar validates your credibility and makes your writing seem professional, while writing riddled with grammar mistakes gives off the impression that you’re careless and unserious about your writing. Unfortunately, it’s no secretContinue reading “Three Common Grammar Mistakes to Avoid”

Oxymorons and Idioms: Spice Up Your Writing!

Chances are, you’ve heard of similes, metaphors, personification a billion times. Since you’re probably bored of those, here are some more exciting literary devices! As you read, see if you can come up with your own examples! Oxymorons Oxymorons are a type of literary device that make two words contradict each other. Using oxymorons inContinue reading “Oxymorons and Idioms: Spice Up Your Writing!”

Diversity in Literature

Being a bisexual, female, person-of-color in the 21st century, the one thing I crave when reading books is diversity. In fact, there’s a pattern in all my favorite books: they include characters from various backgrounds that aren’t there just for namesake. You could say they add their own distinct flavor to the broth of theContinue reading “Diversity in Literature”

The Beauty of Constructive Criticism

Being the one judging is difficult. You want to be as frank as possible, but you don’t want any feelings to be hurt. It’s especially hard when the work you are judging is that of a friend, a classmate, or a young student. But we’ve all heard it time and time again: constructive criticism isContinue reading “The Beauty of Constructive Criticism”

Writing When The Words Won’t Come

As I sat there at my desk, foot tapping absentmindedly on the floor, cursor blinking on a blank Word document, I asked myself the same question for the third, fourth time. What am I going to write today? I had a blog article due that needed to be published on Monday—the very one you’re readingContinue reading “Writing When The Words Won’t Come”

An Intro to Introductions

The introduction of your story or narrative is arguably one of the most important parts of your overall writing. A good introduction hooks the reader into your story, has readers asking questions, and sets up the scene for the rest of your book. With that said, today I am going to introduce you to aContinue reading “An Intro to Introductions”