13 Words Every Writer Should Know

How many of these words do you know?

How many of these words do you know?

When you first enter the word of literature and literary academia, the vocabulary can be unnerving. These are words you’ve probably never seen before; you hardly feel comfortable reading them to yourself, much less out-loud. Everyone has met with challenges like these at least once, so try not to let your intimidation keep you from meeting these challenges head-on. Here are 13 words every writer should know. Continue reading

SCRAP: “Sex Tickets”

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“Home Office Workstation Office Business Notebook” by Unsplash is dedicated to the public domain under CC0

What are “sex tickets?” They’re part of a larger myth about women’s sexuality, and it goes something like this: when each woman is born, she has a limited number of purely theoretical tickets. In later life, the woman hands these out to each of her sex partners, who never return them. When she runs out of sex tickets, the woman is spent. She is used-up. Any partners she has who do not receive one of her sex tickets are viewed as foolish for consorting with a woman such as her; they aren’t getting any sort of prize, because she’s already all out. Continue reading

Scrap: Connecting the Dots

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“Home Office Workstation Office Business Notebook” by Unsplash is dedicated to the public domain under CC0

Because this is my last semester at USC Upstate, I’m taking Senior Seminar: essentially, a 15-week-long writing workshop for a capstone paper. Knowing that I was going to take this course, I brainstormed all year for topic ideas. Writing 25 pages is easy for me, but a good, meaty thesis can be difficult to come by. By the beginning of this semester, I had two ideas: use the Order of the Real to explain body horror, or talk about the dearth of positive menstruation portrayals in literature and its impact on women and girls. Continue reading

SCRAP: Literature Study Tips

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“Home Office Workstation Office Business Notebook” by Unsplash is dedicated to the public domain under CC0

“It’s not what you read: it’s what you can get away with not reading. They don’t expect you to read every single word. They’re purposefully overloading you so you can develop the skill of selective reading and figuring out what you need to know.”

Tim Lemire, I’m an English Major—Now What?

SCRAP: Fall Semester 2014 Reading List

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“Home Office Workstation Office Business Notebook” by Unsplash is dedicated to the public domain under CC0

I say to myself every semester, This is it. This is the one. This is the semester where I read everything. Then life happens, I read about 60% of what’s required, and I pass with flying colors. So this semester, I’m telling myself something different: I’m going to read everything I need to read. If I find that I don’t need to read something I’ve begun, I’ll quit it, and move on to bigger and better things.

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