The ESSAYER

by Nicholas Lucchetto

I’m a writer, thinker, student, blogger. Writing for you.

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Rambling: Confidence

Nicholas Lucchetto
The ESSAYER
Started Saturday, 4:33 PM
Finished Sunday, 11:44 AM

These “Rambling” posts are articles that are based on one topic, and don’t start or end with any specific direction. It’s easy for me to write with a jam-packed schedule, and it’s just a little different from the regular read for you. You’ve been warned.

One of the most common topics on my blog to this day is having self-confidence, despite writing the classic I think-based phrase here and there. In fact, I rarely post anything that isn’t related to confidence. It’s simply a topic that is close to my heart. Now, maybe that’s because I was raised in a “be yourself, no matter what” environment since preschool, or maybe I’ve grown to be an odd one out over time. Of course, having too much confidence in your actions isn’t good. Running out onto the street butt-naked is not what I’d call a good choice.

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Inspiration: Adaptation and Experimenting with Your Writing

I used to have the ideology that, in most cases, finding one method of getting my writing to “fit together” means finding a method that will always work. To me, success was forever. Now, I don’t want to sound too deep or philosophical for your taste, but while I was brainstorming for this post I thought of a comparison that really paints a picture, if you know what I mean.

Life is like an ever-changing puzzle. At first, the pieces fit, but any day the solution can just change, almost miraculously.

Not only does this apply to life as a whole, but smaller elements of it. Once again, writing fits into this quote perfectly. What your readers like, what you as the writer like, and so many other things factor into how an author’s writing changes over time.

Experimenting is a practice that I consider mandatory if you want to write outside of what is required in school or work. Style of

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Inspiration: Pushing Yourself

A lot of the things people like me and you do every day are usually done for a reason. Going to school to stay smart, or getting a job to make a living are just two examples of this. Essentially, most everything we do is for a reason.

I’ve been asked a few times by readers of my blog why I’m so dedicated to this, why I make the effort to share my writing twice a week. The ESSAYER isn’t for profit, and hasn’t ever been. In a day and age where people are concerned with their money before anything else, why is doing something just for fun actually worth it?

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To me, writing is a pastime. Since I’m not even out of seventh grade yet, constantly and seriously writing outside of school isn’t something I have to worry about. However, in my opinion, that’s exactly what a pastime should be. A worry-free, simple, fun activity I do to escape the stress of

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What Is Ghostwriting, and Why Is It Bad?

Every once in a while, maybe three of four times per year, a well-known celebrity along with a big publishing company will release a memoir, describing their story. Whether it be about their success or struggles in life, books by influential figures are sure to make money. The average purchaser of these books is most likely expecting a completely honestly and original product entirely written by the celebrity at hand. But alas, even the most well-known pieces are contributed to by a ghostwriter. Ghostwriting allows a second, or even third, person to crank out most or all of the words on each and every page, with minimal credit.

If you’re hearing about ghostwriting for the first time, you may be thinking, “What’s so wrong with that? Having more talent on a project means a better final product”. For the most part, I agree. The real issue that irks me is the lack of credit given to any

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The Importance of Opinions

I think I’m lucky to say that most of my readers are kind and open-minded people. The ESSAYER is an outlet for me to share my opinions with millions of people around the world, so the number of them that regularly read my blog show me that there are plenty of internet users that can respect others’ opinions while still expressing theirs through the emails and messages they send me every week. A traditional article, whether it be in a physical or digital publication, is usually made up of truthful and factual statements that lack any of the writer’s own opinion. At one point in my life, I thought that fact was the only thing that mattered. Over time, however, the importance of the world’s opinions grew on me.

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Taking everyone’s thoughts into account truly broadened my view of all subjects. Instead of just having statistics and numbers in mind during election

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3 Ways to Find Time to Write in School

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The ESSAYER‘s schedule is what most people would call “standard”. One post on Monday, then another post on Friday, repeat. Of course, I have a few hiccups here and there (ex. last Friday’s post was posted on Saturday), but somehow I always find the time and energy to crank an article out and onto the blog. But honestly, I’m shocked that I can manage. School gets more and more stressful as the year progresses, and that leaves less and less time for writing. It’s a real shame because writing in your free time not only helps improve your skill, but is a great pastime and works to relieve stress. So if you don’t want to be overwhelmed by stress, here are three methods I use to find time to write in my busy academic life.

NOTE: None of these reasons are what most of you would call “super obvious”, so even though you could just use extra class time to write, that won’t be mentioned on this

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Journalism Isn’t Dead

Read the other articles in the series:
Notebooks Aren’t Dead
Blogging Isn’t Dead

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Ah, the classic image of journalism: whether it looks like the Sunday morning paper or TV news to you, people have been relying on paid formats for their daily catchup for seemingly centuries. But with the rise of social media platforms and blogs being read as if they were dedicated news sources, is the “original” paper-or-TV form of journalism dead?

In my opinion, the real question isn’t “did the internet kill journalism”, but rather “did the people kill journalism”. Publications, including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, have expanded their business to not only reach home delivery customers, but to the massive amount of information consumers on the web. Although these institutions have some of the highest quality and most accurate articles in their category, a huge turn-off for people

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Inspiration: The Difference Between Idea and Direction

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BONUS POST! Just to make up for Friday’s post, I decided to write this, but only limit myself to half an hour. Surprisingly, it turned out great! Enjoy!

Jumping right into a new writing project is probably one of the most intimidating things to do for any new writer or blogger. Even after taking time and effort to craft one of your most amazing and renown ideas ever, taking a “leap of faith” and hitting those first few keys on the keyboard are sure to lead to an exciting yet frustrating creative process. This post in The ESSAYER’s Inspiration series is partly a recap of my earlier Simplicity in Writing post, and partly a new concept that I’ve not mentioned on this blog before. Still, I highly recommend that you check out the former post. It takes an interesting look at the importance and effect of simplicity in writing.

If you read The ESSAYER a lot (thank you, by the way), you’ve

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Schools, and a Look at Students’ Hatred of Writing

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As a student who loves writing for English class, I never completely understood why so many other students despised book reports and essays in school. Sure, writing a two-or-three page essay can be stressful or tiring to any person, but in my eyes using this reason alone to describe the mass hatred of school essays isn’t justifiable in the slightest. At first, I had the urge to push myself to dig deeper, and find out why the problem exists. One day in class, however, is when I (supposedly) figured it out.

Fortunately, I’m a reasonable person who happens to know what opinions are and how they should be shared and respected, so I’ll try to keep that clear throughout this post (besides, I think my opinion is well-rounded enough to be at least acceptable by the majority of my readers). Also, I’m completely aware of students other than me that adore writing just as much. In fact, I happen

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SHORT: The Power of Making Mistakes

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I’m not necessarily a perfectionist, but I still read over some of my older writing to fix any visible mistakes, even if it doesn’t matter. Whether I see inaccurate information or a grammatical error, I’ll usually fix it as soon as possible. While revisions should be required for any kind of serious writing in my opinion, looking back at an imperfect piece of yours is one of the most obvious but shrewd methods of visualizing your progression as a writer.

Back when the typewriter was first popularized in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the absence of a backspace or delete key on the device really forced typists to think before they would put their thoughts to paper. Sometimes this would cause writers to recreate entire typed pages three or four times until their creation seemed mistake-free. With all the “failed” drafts made on typewriters that would line thousands of file cabinets

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