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How to Write a First-Class Paper

Writing papers for class can be hard even if you write daily. I typically write 2000 words a day, but when it comes to writing a paper for class, sometimes it takes me a few hours to even get started because I'm not writing for myself, I'm writing for my professors and for my grades. I found this article and found that its tips were very helpful.

Connections to Nature

Sometimes when I'm driving down the road listening to old rock music a little too loud and pretending I know the words to every song that comes on, a string of words will fill my brain and will send a shock through my mind telling me to write them down before I forget them. On occasions, I write them down immediately.

New or Used?

Over my short life, I have always bought my books and hardly ever used the library. I always told myself that I was doing it just to help support the authors I liked and also because my library didn't have many of the books that I liked to read. Plus my mother would always come home with a stack of books every other month when she came home from her Wichita shopping trips. She loved giving me books, even bribed me with a few when I was little.

I Think I'm Ready

The school year is ending and in a month I will be graduating from Cowley County Community College. Wow! It's very weird to read that. I'd like to say that I'm ready, but honestly, I'm not sure. There are so many things that are going to change over the next couple of years. I will be attending a different school with different people with possibly much more difficult courses. I'm going to miss Cowley and I know I'm going to miss seeing the many friends that I have made here along the way even more.

What Makes Horror Novels Work

In my focus seminar, I had to research the genre of what type of writing I was going to work on over the semester. I decided to write a horror novel because that's always what had caught my eye when it came to books, movie, etc. As I was researching, I came across an article that told about the five elements of horror and I decided to take my own spin on it.

What Makes a Good Book

When I was younger, I would read many different genres of books. Such adventure, romance, mystery, thriller, horror, fantasy, etc. But now as I've gotten older and found what I like, I normally just read horror or fantasy books and doing that's not a bad thing at all because I have found what works for me to keep me interested and reading. This doesn't mean I won't ever read another mystery or a thriller (but I probably won't read another romance, not for me).

Final Semester

Well, the time has come. I have spent three full semesters at Cowley and am finally in my last one. When I started attending, I was looking forward to this day, but now that it's finally just around the corner, I wish it wasn't so. Cowley really should be a four-year college. I'm sure that I'm not the only one that's going to miss Cowley and the friends that we've made and the good times that we had once we leave.

Almost Disaster

I have been working on a novel. I don't know if it's any good or if I will even attempt to publish it is still unknown to me, but I have been having a lot of fun working on it. A few days ago, I had just finished the second chapter and was feeling a little proud of myself. My sister noticed and asked why I was in a good mood, so I told her why and she asked to read it.

Something Different

Ever since I was a little kid, I have spent every single Thanksgiving dinner at my grandmother's house. It's always a fun time. I get to spend time with my cousins that I don't get to see very often. I get to visit the farm and take an hour or so to walk around in the fields just enjoying the fresh air and freedom that you can't have within the city limits. I get to eat more than my fair share of fattening food, but most of all, I get to enjoy time with my family.


Recently, a group of writers and I went to the Nimrod Writers Conference. I went last year and enjoyed it, but this year was much better. Each year, they choose 1 novelist and 1 poet to come and share about how they write and read a little bit of their upcoming books. The novelist this year was Laura Van Den Berg. Laura's recent novel is a mystery called 'Find Me'. I haven't had a chance to read it just yet but when she read a small piece of it, I loved it.