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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Seven Deadly Essay Sins

I've got stuff to give away & it's ridiculously easy to win!

By now you probably know that Michelle McLean's Homework Helpers: Essays & Term Papers has hit the shelves.  If you haven't heard, I'm here to bring you up to speed.  

I had the privilege of previewing the book.  Like most of you, I've always loved writing.  The biggest struggle for me is deciding what to write not how to do it. I readily admit to a wee bit of arrogance thinking I didn't need this book. So I was surprised to find there were some great tips in there that would have made my life much easier back in high school and college.  I love to write, but I like writing FUN stuff.  Writing research papers bores me to tears.  Michelle where were you when I needed you most?

Anyhow, I've written a fair number of essays and term papers over the years, and I've arrived at a few helpful hints and tips of my own that were not in Michelle's book.  (Pssst. Michelle, feel free to borrow these for the 2nd edition!) 

Vicki Rocho's 
Seven Deadly Sins of Essay Writing

1. Wait until the day before (or worse, the bus ride to school) to write your paper.

2. Include any variation of the phrase "I don't know ..." in the body of an essay, especially if this is on an exam.

3. Write backwards.

4. Add stick figure illustrations (unless specifically requested by your instructor).

5. Make up sources.

6. Increase the margins, font, or line spacing to make your essay look longer.

7. Write someone else's paper for them.

Since we're all writers and a good number of us are well out of school, you may be wondering why you would need a copy of Homework Helpers: Essays & Term Papers.  Well:
  • It's a great refresher
  • It's chock full of examples to help the reluctant writers in your life
  • A great reference for teachers whose students feel stuck and don't know how or where to begin
To celebrate the birth of Michelle's book-baby, I've assembled an AWESOME prize package for you...everything you need to follow Michelle's advice and some snackage to give you the proper motivation!

  • Snackage of your choice 
  • colored index cards
    (lined for easy note taking)
  • plastic box for storing index cards
  • post it notes (3 x 3, 100 each pink, blue, yellow & green)
  • highlighters (set of 5)
  • report covers (set of 5 to make your essays look fantastic)
  • plastic sleeves
    (20--to protect your essay because it'll be so fabulous, people are gonna drool all over it!)
  • SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK(I've sent the book to Michelle for her autograph, so it will be shipped separately)

To enter, click one of the links below and let Michelle know which of the Seven Deadly Essay Sins above you think I've committed.  We'll leave this contest open through Friday, Feb. 4th with the winner being announced on Monday, Feb. 7th.


If you don't win, you can purchase your very own copy at:


Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like the kind of book I could have used in school too. You've got an awesome contest. Congratulations to Michelle on the release of her book.

Thoughts in Progress

Carole Anne Carr said...

Well done Michelle, and loved your post.

Theresa Milstein said...

This book sounds really good. I should get this for my son. It won't be long before he'll be doing this kind of stuff. And when I'm forced to take graduate classes again, it may not hurt for a refresher for me.

I wish Michelle much success.

salarsenッ said...

Ooh, bus rides. AND backwards. That made me laugh. I really did that one time. I was so sick of writing a paper, that I got creative. Sure, the paper didn't get me anywhere but it lightened my mood!!

Carolyn V. said...

Hee hee, I found some old school papers with little stick figures dancing on it. How funny is that.

This is something I could probably use since I've gone back to school. =)

Michelle McLean said...

LOL okay, those are too funny :D Thanks for hosting me today, Vicki!

Janet Johnson said...

Your tips are awesome! Are you sure you don't teach HS English? :)

Michelle McLean said...

LOL not yet :D I wanted to stay home while my kids were young, but teaching English has always been something I thought I'd enjoy doing. I'm sure I'll end up in an English classroom eventually :)

Talli Roland said...

I've heard so many great things about this book! It sounds fantastic. :)

And Vicki, great deadly sins. I like the writing backwards one!

Clarissa Draper said...

I love the seven rules. I used to write papers for others. I've heard about the book and I think the advice is wonderful.

Jules said...

I may still need it since I'm debating returning. I love the sins, I once animated the entire paper, told the prof. it was hieroglyphics :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Essay for College said...

Love the book tips, just too funny! Yes, do not wait until the bus ride to school to start your essay!