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How Classic Authors Pitched Their Novels, Probably

By ElodieJune 20, 2017
An idea can be perfect in your head, but explaining it out loud? With words? Coherently? That’s a different beast entirely. This is true whether you’re pitching a novel or just getting feedback on your thesis statement for an essay about The Scarlet Letter. Either... More  →
How Classic Authors Pitched Their Novels, Probably

10 Things Everyone Forgets to Bring to College

By Emma GordonJune 20, 2017
The scene while you're packing the car to head off to college will probably look something like this: you're hauling a garbage bag full of pillows, plastic forks, dog-eared books, and more garbage bags; you're sweating more than any other person in history has ever sweat;... More  →
10 Things Everyone Forgets to Bring to College

What's Your Name in The Outsiders?

By Taylor NolesJune 20, 2017
Sixteen years on the street and you can learn a lot. A few hours on Wikipedia and you can learn even more. If you'd been part of Ponyboy's pack in S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, what part would you have played, tough gal? ... More  →
What's Your Name in <em>The Outsiders</em>?

Auntie SparkNotes: I Want to Re-Dump My Writing Partner

By kat_rosenfieldJune 19, 2017
Dear Auntie, My writing partner, "Dolly," is ... not very good with writing. Inconsistent, not very willing to change bad ideas because "I thought of them" and I hate it. We met online, she had a pretty impressive following, and she had a few books up,... More  →
Auntie SparkNotes: I Want to Re-Dump My Writing Partner

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, As Told in a Series of Texts

By ElodieJune 19, 2017
Technology is amazing. It’s 2017, people; we don’t have to wonder things anymore. Back in the days of yore, a person could ask “How tall is Bruno Mars, do you think?” and never truly know the answer. Nowadays, you can simply speak the words at your smartphone and h More  →
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, As Told in a Series of Texts

Rejected First Drafts of 6 Famous Novels

By Taylor NolesJune 19, 2017
One thing every author will hear at some point is this: writing is rewriting. So it follows that most famous novels went through a few extreme changes before they reached their final form—and luckily for you, we've tracked down your favorite writers' notes on their books'... More  →
Rejected First Drafts of 6 Famous Novels

SparkNotes Is Here to Save Summer Reading-Vote For Your Fave Book & We'll Blog It!

By Chelsea DaggerJune 16, 2017
As the late, great Jane Austen once said, it's a truth universally acknowledged that SparkNotes are the single best study guides on the interwebs, an infinitely helpful source of info on symbolism, important quotes, plot summaries, and literary analysis for every book you could... More  →
SparkNotes Is Here to Save Summer Reading-Vote For Your Fave Book & We'll Blog It!

QUIZ: How Indecisive Are You, On a Scale of 1 to Hamlet?

By ElodieJune 16, 2017
Making decisions isn’t easy, whether you’re a regular person just trying to pick a college or a Danish prince who’s wondering if he should murder his uncle. ... More  →
QUIZ: How Indecisive Are You, On a Scale of 1 to Hamlet?