Writing About Literature

A Good Read for Any Writer
Clint Pereira, College Sophomore
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

This is an excellent article for anyone struggling with their English papers. I only wish that I had read this article when I was learning how to write.

It's a very concise yet provides thorough crash course in writing about fiction. It may be a little overwhelming for a beginning writer, but the examples and step-by-step structure make it easier for the reader to follow. Even a seasoned writer, however, will find this article useful. There's nothing like going over the basics to get over writer's block.

A Mystifying Process
College Sophomore
Sierra College, Rocklin, California

Writing about literature is a mystifying process. This article certainly de-mystifies the art of writing about and analyzing literature. Now, as a communications/English major, I find myself to be above average when it comes to writing about literature. However, after reading the tips on this site, I certainly learned some new things!

Above all else, this site allows the reader to realize: reading is a *process* that requires the reader to be active when reading a novel. One must approach the piece of literature with an open-mind to be able to see the true, and often hidden, meaning behind the text. The 9 steps that are included in this site break everything down and allow the reader to do just that.

Writing a Paper on Fiction
Claire Mars
Sierra College, Grass Valley, CA

The article I read was aptly named "Literature (Fiction)" and featured a nine step process to writing a paper on fiction. Although much of the article was devoted to explaining the basics of story and paper elements, there were some significant tips found in the text. It gives a clear description of a good interpretation of a work of fiction, explaining the importance of strong evidence, careful reasoning, and original thought process. It informed the reader that, contrary to the opinions of many beginner students, instructors are aware that interpretations of stories are debatable and allow, even encourage, different interpretations than their own.

I found the nine steps beneficial through the comprehensible language and bolded key terms. These stages ranged from the exploration of potential topics to the necessity of a working thesis, and listing evidence to interpreting your supporting proof. To sum up, the author provides the reader with three general hints to writing a good paper: making your thesis relevant, selecting a topic of interest (to you), and forming a specific thesis. From these words of advice, the reader can feel more confident towards the looming task of writing a paper on a work of fiction.


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