by Nicholas Lucchetto

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

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SHORT: Writing Something New

At first, it sounds pretty easy. Sit down at your desk with your computer, and start spilling your words out onto the screen. But anyone who has tried this method of writing knows that not only does it rarely ever lead to anything, but can actually cause writer’s block because of the sheer amount of pressure to just get something done.


The truth is, every great writer has a process. Whether that process be brainstorming for a couple hours, or even taking inspiration from other’s work. However, as mentioned in The ESSAYER’s Simplicity in Writing post, taking time to create an in-depth, fully detailed entire plan for your project before starting to write could lead to a clunky product. Imagine having a great idea for your new book. You develop the idea more and more over the span of a few weeks, until you’re finally ready to start transferring it to paper. If you already thought of a

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What I’m Reading - 3/21/16

This is the second What I’m Reading article from The ESSAYER, posted on March 21, 2016. Enjoy!


The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin

From the Listing:

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over–and see everything anew.

As a book lover, the plot, setting, and cover drew me to this novel instantly. At the beginning of the story, A.J. Fikry seems like a slightly mean-spirited and grumpy man, but over time he starts to open up to others, even after his Edgar Allan Poe poems were stolen. I’ve been really enjoying this novel so far, and I can’t wait to uncover the

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Inspiration: When the New and the Old Work Together

Read the other posts in the inspiration series!
1 - A Simple Guide to Outdoor Inspiration
2 - Quick Writes and Add-ons
3 - Photography Writing

Although I may not be an expert author, I know that one of the most threatening factors of starting a new book is probably the writing style or genre of the piece. While this is a bit more prominent of a feeling when referring to older books because of their older English standards, literature is constantly changing day by day, without question. Generally, I like to look at change as it’s a good thing, but in this case it is actually restricting potential reading experiences from captivated bookworms.


The picture above is what originally inspired me to publish this post. An 1800s-esque car revamped (by yours truly) into a swanky citrus vehicle. Looks and “hip terms” aside, the green-and-orange color scheme that invades the black-and-white

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Simplicity in Writing

Middle school is a very common time for kids to branch out to and experiment with new hobbies and pastimes. If you actively read The ESSAYER (thank you, by the way), you can probably guess that one of these forms of recreation is writing. I often see students who sound like they want to be the next Leo Tolstoy or J. R. R. Tolkien forming and shaping an idea for a book they’d want to write in the future, but the idea ends up taking as long as a novel to be written in the first place. I believe that I can call it common knowledge when I say, “The bigger the task, the longer it takes to get done.”

The connection between the quote and the example above is obvious, but is there any correlation between idea length and time in writing? The truth is, there is be no absolutely correct answer, which leaves the problem solving to yourself. From my perspective, starting out with a shorter, simpler

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Notebooks Aren’t Dead

A few days ago, I was inspired by my family’s upcoming Europe trip to go searching for my old Moleskine pocket notebook. After looking around for a few minutes, I managed to find it in last year’s school bag. I decided to ‘take a trip down memory lane’ and skim through the surprisingly few pages I had written on (forty, to be exact), to which I found an abundance of pre-algebra notes, art sketches, and meaningless haikus (seriously, one of them was about the shape of a brick wall). Despite owning, hosting, and administrating my blog on a service that claims to keep posters’ content online forever, I absolutely hate reading my old writing.

With that said, I’ve put each and every one of those forty pages behind me and now I’m ready to start fresh. I’m no hipster, but I would wholeheartedly use an old-fashioned notebook over my iPhone’s ‘Notes’ app any day. There is something about jotting

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Inspiration: Photography Writing

Read the previous posts in the inspiration series!
1 - A Simple Guide to Outdoor Inspiration
2 - Quick Writes and Add-ons
4 - When the Old and the New Work Together


A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old saying goes.

While a few lazy kids might just think of this as an excuse to call a photo of their house an essay, when you wrap your mind around the apothegm it starts to sound reasonable. The tree above is a good example of this. If I put my mind to it, I can write thousands of words that describe the photo; the clumps of moss on the branches, the twists and turns each branch takes around another, et cetera. Not only does the classic “thousand words” phrase bring light to the importance of attention to detail, but also goes to show the power of the human mind. Being able to take a simple image of a landscape or an object and completely change it’s meaning has defined plenty

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Welcome to The ESSAYER!

After around a month of regular posting, ESSAYER is now changing it’s name to The ESSAYER! With the name change comes a new (snazzy) logo, a new tagline, and even better posts. The new .net domain is much easier to remember, and will bring in more traffic. Even if the latter is true, I encourage you to share the posts you love on The ESSAYER with your friends and family and spread the word! I’m making absolutely no profit off of this blog. I’m only paying six dollars a month to make my readers happy.

Thanks for sticking around! If you’re new to the blog, welcome! I’m glad to have you here. Be sure to leave a kudos, share this post on social media, or subscribe to the mailing list below to support what I do!

I’m looking forward to the great future ahead of The ESSAYER. Happy Super Tuesday!

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Essay: Why the Fur Trade Was Beneficial for Washington State (2nd Edition)

The following essay is an AAP English paper that was originally finished on January 27, 2016 and revised on February 26, 2016 by Nicholas Lucchetto (ESSAYER) The essay is on the topic of the controversial Pacific Northwest fur trade. For more information, visit this site.

This essay is also an example of an argumentative essay, and includes techniques such as “logos” and “parallel structure”. If you have any feedback, please send me your thoughts!

Imagine living during the fur trade. A trading post has just been built near where you live, which brings a huge amount of wealth from your trading profits over time. The once small and uncivilized area you live in has now become a bustling and successful city. This was something experienced by many people during the 18th and 19th century, otherwise known as the growth of the fur trade (Infoplease 1). Many of those traders were living the

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What I’m Reading - 2/22/16

When I come home after a long day of classes, one of my favorite pastimes is to read. Whether it be fiction, biography, or even comedy, reading a good book seems to relieve my stress quite a bit.

Even though this is primarily a writing blog, I’d like to take a break from that today to give you a list of what I’m reading and my book recommendations. Keep in mind that some of these books may have suggestive themes or a few instances of crude language.

Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagán


When Elizabeth “Libby” Ross Miller is told by her doctor that she has a rare type of cancer that is virtually untreatable, she falls into a deep pit of sorrow, anger, and fearful for her life. Her situation becomes even worse when her husband Tom informs her of his homosexuality. Accepting her newly discovered cancer, Libby turns down chemotherapy and travels to Puerto Rico to

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My Thoughts on the Kindle Paperwhite (2015)

Another thing to add to my list of reasons I’m behind on technology: I’ve never owned an e-reader before.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I own plenty of devices that can download and read e-books, but the Kindle Paperwhite is the first I own that:

a) Has a screen large enough to read text so I don’t have to pull out a magnifying glass (my iPhone 5S).

b) Flips pages even faster than an astounding five seconds (my iPad 2).

c) Light enough for me to carry with one hand AND has a battery life substantially longer than 2 hours (my old Macbook Pro).


The picture above shows the complete mess that is my bookshelf. Tall books, short books, thick books, thin books. Some books were so big that I had to slide them behind the shelf. Just from the visual you probably think that I’m a sort-of avid reader, but out of all the books on my bookshelf I’ve really only read one over the past few months. Even

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