What is the first step to writing a great paper?
I believe that the first step is pre-writing. Jot down all of your ideas. Organizing your thoughts first is key to organizing your paper as a whole. If you are doing your "thinking" on scrap paper, this means that you can delve deeper into the content of your paper as you write it.
What makes something a piece of literature?
Literature can be anything – while most people think of literature as classic novels, that isn't necessarily true. Great literature can be written two-hundred years ago, yesterday, or tomorrow. Poetry can be literature. Books published online can be literature. This potentially opens up the door for blogs and Tweets to be considered literature! When writing is done with care and with artistic value, that is when it becomes literature.
Can you describe the appropriate uses of the words "they're," "there," and "their?"
"They're" is a contraction for the phrase, "they are." "They're dining at a restaurant tonight." "There" indicates location. "That person is standing over there." "Their" is possessive, it indicates that something belongs to a group of people. For example, a family's dog might be referred to as "their dog."