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5 Creative Ways to Find Your First Client

by ProWritingAid Apr 18, 2018

5 Creative Ways to Find Your First Client

Struggling to find your first blogging or copywriting client? You're not alone. If you're feeling discouraged, check out these five tips for creative, outside-the-box ways to land new business.

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Writing App Reviews: Novlr

by ProWritingAid Apr 18, 2018

Writing App Reviews: Novlr

At ProWritingAid, we're all about technology that helps you write better. Novlr is an online writing app that helps you capture your thoughts simply and clearly in a clean, straightforward interface. In this article, writer Kathy Edens takes Novlr for a whirl, examining all of its features.

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Flash Sale! Get one of 99 ProWritingAid Premium Lifetime Licenses for just $99

by ProWritingAid Apr 17, 2018

Flash Sale! Get one of 99 ProWritingAid Premium Lifetime Licenses for just $99

To celebrate the arrival of spring, we are offering a limited number of ProWritingAid Premium licenses for this special price.

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It’s vs. Its: Let’s Get It Straight

by ProWritingAid Mar 06, 2018

It’s vs. Its: Let’s Get It Straight

Contractions. Possessives. When do you use an apostrophe? Follow these rules on it’s versus its and self-edit with confidence.

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5 Best Alternatives to Acrolinx for your Content Optimization

by ProWritingAid Jan 24, 2018

5 Best Alternatives to Acrolinx for your Content Optimization Acrolinx is an authoring and content optimization tool that combines terminology management, grammar checking and style checking. The key benefits of using an authoring system such as Acrolinx for your company are:Better customer experience of your contentFewer customer support calls Greater customer satisfactionLower costs for copyediting and translationFewer embarrassing errors in your documentationFaster time to market for your content

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Create Your Own ProWritingAid Report: The Combo Report

by ProWritingAid Jan 18, 2018

Create Your Own ProWritingAid Report: The Combo Report

Did you know that you can create your very own ProWritingAid report? The Combo Report lets you select a combination of reports so you can focus on areas you know are weaknesses. For example, a Combo Report could run checks on overused words, sentence length, writing style, and sticky sentences if those are areas you commonly need to address.

The beauty of the Combo Report is that you select what reports you want included. There are 27 options from which to choose.

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How to Become a Better Copywriter

by ProWritingAid Jan 17, 2018

How to Become a Better Copywriter

It seems everywhere you turn, someone has an opinion on how easy—or hard—becoming a better copywriter is.

Where does that leave you?

Here are the best practices that every copywriter can agree are most important to master if you want to call yourself a good copywriter.

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Ensure and Insure: Aren’t They Interchangeable?

by ProWritingAid Jan 08, 2018

Ensure and Insure: Aren’t They Interchangeable? English users sometimes confuse insure with an "I" and ensure with an "E". Don’t they both mean to "make certain" or "make sure"?

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by ProWritingAid Dec 07, 2017

Getting Started with ProWritingAid’s Google Docs Add-on.

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Flash Sale! 30 Lifetime Licences for $99 each.

by ProWritingAid Sep 25, 2017

Flash Sale! 30 Lifetime Licences for $99 each. To celebrate the return of gray skies and frigid winds (a.k.a. great reasons to stay inside and write!), we are offering 30 Lifetime Licences for just $99 each (regular $140).

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7 Grammar Rules Your Editor Wants You to Know

by ProWritingAid Sep 18, 2017

7 Grammar Rules Your Editor Wants You to Know

You don't want to send an overworked and underpaid editor a manuscript with glaring grammar and punctuation errors. Especially if the editor decides whether your piece runs or not. Send in a poorly edited piece, and you will end up in the slush pile. No editor has time for drastic rewrites.

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Plot of Gold 30-day Challenge

by ProWritingAid Sep 15, 2017

Plot of Gold 30-day Challenge

Are you ready to create a strong, thorough outline for your novel? Brilliant!

From September to November this year, ProWritingAid will be paying for its community to have FREE access for 30 days to Beemgee's world-class novel-outlining software.

Whether you are preparing for NaNoWriMo or just ready to finally write that book, this 30-day challenge is crucial for getting you to the finish line.

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Know Your Tenses: Past Progressive

by ProWritingAid Aug 02, 2017

Know Your Tenses: Past Progressive

How do you build the past progressive tense? Simply use the "to be" helping verb in the past tense and add on the present participle of the verb with an "-ing" on the end.

If this sounds complicated, it's actually not. Here are some examples:

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How and Why to Partner with Other Copywriters

by ProWritingAid Aug 01, 2017

How and Why to Partner with Other Copywriters

Here are two key ways that partnering with another copywriter can help you build your business and your skills.

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What the Heck are Auto-Antonyms? And Why Should You Worry About Them?

by ProWritingAid Jul 21, 2017

What the Heck are Auto-Antonyms? And Why Should You Worry About Them?

Auto-antonyms are words with multiple meanings of which one contradicts or reverses another. What, you say, how can that be? Let's go through a couple examples.

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Contena: What You Need to Know to Start a Writing Business

by ProWritingAid Jul 05, 2017

Contena: What You Need to Know to Start a Writing Business

At ProWritingAid, we want our writers to be as successful as possible. And so, when we come across a potential opportunity for writers to make money, we check it out.

The folks at Contena got in touch recently and asked us to have a look at their new platform for freelance writers. Their mission is to help you launch your own freelance writing business.

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Licence vs. License: Which One is Right?

by ProWritingAid Jun 28, 2017

Licence vs. License: Which One is Right?

Well, it depends on which side of the pond you're on.

If you're American, license is both a noun and a verb, and licence is not used at all.

If you're anywhere else speaking English, licence is the noun meaning a permit from an authority figure to do something particular, like driving, and license is the verb form.

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Affect vs. Effect: When to use each

by ProWritingAid Jun 12, 2017

Affect vs. Effect: When to use each

When to use "affect" or "effect" is so confusing that people are switching to "impact" to use in its place.

Never fear—it's not difficult to use "affect" and "effect" properly. Here is what you need to know:

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When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

by ProWritingAid Jun 06, 2017

When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

Use ProWritingAid's Word Explorer to look at any word 14 different ways. Yes, it's true. Here's the list of ways you can check out any given word:

  • Dictionary
  • Reverse Dictionary (this shows you words with your given word in their definition)
  • Thesaurus
  • Lists (lists of dated terms, ironic terms, often used terms)
  • Alliteration (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs with the same letter or sound at the beginning or adjacent to your given word)
  • Clichés (to help you avoid them)
  • Spelling (good to know if you write frequently in American, British, and Australian English)
  • Rhymes
  • Pronunciation
  • Collocations (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs that come before or after your given word)
  • Common Phrases (2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-word phrases using your given word)
  • Commonly Possessed By (words that can own your given word)
  • Anagrams (in case you need help)
  • Examples (From books and quotes using your given word)

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Why You Need Your Audience to Nod as They Read

by ProWritingAid May 15, 2017

Why You Need Your Audience to Nod as They Read

No matter how brilliant your copy is, if you can't get your readers to nod along as they read, you haven't made that all-important connection yet.

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