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Posted Dec. 3, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sara Nolan | View Comments
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Have you, like thousands of students all over the country, waited a bit too long to start your college essay? Did you procrastinate? Did wishful thinking assure you that a brilliant perfect essay would just appear at the right moment like Sentence Clause (yeah, that kind) from a proverbial chimney? Now you have to crank out an essay, brilliant or not. If you’re reading this, you’re not actually screwed. You have to adopt a game-time mindset, and get on with it. Anyway, all working writers will tell you that good writing is tricky; there’s no one best timeline. And some ...

Posted Nov. 12, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sara Nolan | View Comments
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Are you stuck on your college essay draft? Or don’t even know where to start? Are you sure that you have nothing of interest to say? Bogged down by wordiness and obfuscations? Or are you trying to write too many essays at once? Freewriting has the cure for what ails you. Here’s why and how to do it, and some prompts to get you started. First, freewriting is cherished by almost all writers as one of the best (and tried and true) ways to become unstuck and make discoveries, and also to force yourself to JUST WRITE SOMETHING. It doesn’t ...

Posted Sept. 20, 2018, 8 a.m. by Sara Nolan | View Comments
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The realization might start to gnaw at you while you rewrite a draft, or slam into you while you are walking to class: I HATE my college essay! Now what? As your elementary school teacher might have cautioned, hate is a strong emotion. It is no fun to feel like you hate your college essay at any point, especially as nerve-wracking deadlines loom. And, the point of the essay is to make the college admissions committee fall in love with you and your incredible personality and distinctive writing style. Your stomach drops and you lose all hope of a bright ...