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The two are pretty much two sides of the same coin. Picture this: two professors send you two weeks’ worth of homework. One of them asks for analysis, and the other asks for a review. The problem is, you don’t know which one is which. Lucky for you then, because we’re here with some tips on writing analyses and reviews. First tip: don’t submit the same thing. Analyses are pretty different from reviews. Second tip: read on to find out more. Artistic works such as books, films, plays, and music are often good subjects for papers because there can be so much to write about. That’s what makes them a homework favorite. Both analyses and reviews discuss the work in great detail. However,... Read more

When you watch Game of Thrones, you learn to live with cliffhangers and plots within plots and just plain insanity wrapped in fantasy. But that is exactly why we love the show so much―why even after so much frustration and too many feelings for the characters, the plot twists, and the overall anxiety every minute of it induces, we have stuck with the exhilarating show for six whole seasons and are now eagerly awaiting the seventh. In the classic Game of Thrones tradition, the sixth season ended with a host of both answers and questions, but not without the panache that we have all come to expect from the epic saga. A lot of major players for the throne of Westeros have been knocked o... Read more

An Author by Any Other Name Should Write as SweetWriters generally want to make a name for themselves by using their own name, but there are those who choose to hide their true identities with the use of pen names. Pen names have been a way for authors to get away with a lot of things. Some use it to comment on people, events, and the government without criticism. Others simply do it for the element of mystery it provides. Why Use a Pen Name Anyway?  Throughout history, authors have used pen names for pretty heavy reasons: to escape discrimination, to run away from their true identity, or to hide from the government.   While the Bronte Sisters are well-known for t... Read more

Sheila Renee Parker, author of the paranormal romance, The Spirit Within, tells us all about her writing, her love for the art, and her curiosity for the paranormal. Parker, who also runs a blog and is an internationally-acclaimed poet, shares that she started writing at a very early age. “It has always been a passion of mine that I simply couldn’t ignore.” While she doesn’t have a writing routine, she does try and write as much as she can. She also shared with us that her favorite writing tip is to always write from the heart. Parker isn’t too selective when it comes to her library. “I like to read every type of book out there,” she says. “By doing so, my perspective is kept ope... Read more

Happy birthday, Harry Potter! Well not really. Any witch/wizard/Potterhead would know that Harry Potter celebrates his actual birthday on July 31st. Nevertheless, today is an important day and here’s why. Twenty years ago, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published. Who would have thought that this story of a bespectacled boy with a lightning scar would change the life of millions? Now here we are, celebrating a story that sure to live on in the years to come. As part of the celebration, Facebook has brought a surprise to all the fans of the series. If you haven’t tried it yet, update your app then comment or post “Harry Potter” or any one of the Hogwarts houses. Cli... Read more

Bet You Didn’t See This Lesson ComingWe see two very opposite characters constantly clash with one another, and we get to the point where we wonder who will die first, but hold on . . . they were actually one and the same person! After seven books of wondering, Dumbledore’s memories finally reveal: Snape is one of the good guys. All this time we have been led to believe that Luke and Darth Vader are tied only by hatred, but plot twist! Darth Vader is actually Luke’s father! These are just some of the most memorable and best-executed plot twists in both literature and movies. Plot twists are moments wherein the story takes an unexpected turn. As a writer, being able to create effec... Read more

Paula Hawkins may be a new name on the shelves, but with just two thrillers (so far) under her belt, she has proven that she is a writing force to be reckoned with. Born and raised in what is now Zimbabwe, Hawkins attended Arundel School before moving to London at age seventeen. There, she studied at Collingham College, Kensington, and Keble College at the University of Oxford. After graduation, she was a business journalist at The Times and worked as a freelance writer for various publications. Before getting into fiction, she published The Money Goddess, a financial advice book for women. Hawkins started writing fiction in 2009, under the pseudonym Amy Silver. She wrote four r... Read more

Author of the enduring Goosebumps series, R.L. Stine is the cause of many childhood nightmares. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Robert Lawrence Stine started writing at age nine upon stumbling on a typewriter in their attic. From there, he started creating stories and joke books. He continued to pursue writing, and in 1965, he graduated from Ohio State University with a BA in English. After graduating, he moved to New York to jump-start his writing career. He started Bananas, a humor magazine that was published by Scholastic Press from 1975 to 1984. He continued writing humorous books for kids under the penname “Jovial Bob Stine.” He published his first horror novel, Blind Date, in 1986,... Read more