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For a limited time: get a ProWritingAid and Outlining Your Novel software bundle.

by Lisa Lepki Feb 18, 2018

For a limited time: get a ProWritingAid and Outlining Your Novel software bundle.

ProWritingAid Premium and Outlining Your Novel Workbook together at last!

Until February 24th, get the Outlining Your Novel Workbook ($40) and one year of ProWritingAid Premium ($50) for just $65. Learn more now!

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Writing App Reviews: the Outlining Your Novel Workbook

by Kathy Edens Feb 18, 2018

Writing App Reviews: the Outlining Your Novel Workbook

Whether you are a planner or a pants-er, if you haven’t checked out the Outline Your Novel program, you’re missing out. I spent hours with this software and have never felt a more powerful urge to create.

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Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

Why I’m Not Writing This from the Beach

The Writer’s Life is fantastic, isn’t it? Nothing better than setting your own hours, working when you want, and taking time off when you need it. It’s all bliss, rainbows, and unicorns.

Not that I want to shatter your illusions, but there are five good reasons why I’m not writing this from the beach. Here's the truth about freelance writing and vacations.

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"-isms": How to Cover a Controversial Topic with Sensitivity

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

"-isms": How to Cover a Controversial Topic with Sensitivity

Race, politics, gender, religion, money, sexual orientation… are they taboo subjects to avoid? If you’re like me, conflict avoidance is your modus operandi; smile brightly and move on. At some point, however, you may need to write about a controversial topic—so how can you do it with sensitivity?

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Grammar Rules: Passed vs. Past

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

Grammar Rules: Passed vs. Past Homophones are fun, aren’t they? Unless they’re easily confused like "past" and "passed." What’s the difference? Let’s discuss these two homophones' difference and set the record straight.

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How to Improve Your Style with ProWritingAid's Writing Style Report

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

How to Improve Your Style with ProWritingAid's Writing Style Report

Do you know all the ways to edit your work for better readability and a clearer writing style? ProWritingAid's Writing Style Report checks for a multitude of improvements you can make to strengthen and clarify your writing. Let’s look deeper at this most popular and comprehensive report.

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How to Write Historical Fiction (without a history degree)

by Kathy Edens Feb 08, 2018

How to Write Historical Fiction (without a history degree)

If you are an HF writer, hats off to you! I learned haters will find the smallest discrepancy in your writing and crow it from the rooftops. Perhaps HF writers have extra thick skin. Whatever their impetus, they don’t necessarily have a love of history per se—and certainly don’t need a degree. They find either a period, an event, or historical person thoroughly interesting and decide to dig deeper.

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Where Has Your Day Gone? 7 Time Management Tools for Writers

by Sylvia Giltner Feb 06, 2018

Where Has Your Day Gone? 7 Time Management Tools for Writers

Freelance writing can be a bit of a roller coaster ride. There are times when the work and the deadlines are almost unmanageable. Then there are those slow times, when other work can be done – updating a website, writing more posts for a personal blog, revising social media profiles, bookkeeping, etc. Use these apps to make the most of your time.

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The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

by Lisa Lepki Feb 06, 2018

The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

This infographic provides a compact visual guide to common mistakes that writers make. Banish these grammar errors for tighter, clearer writing.

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Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: What Every Character Needs

by Kathy Edens Feb 05, 2018

Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: What Every Character Needs

We’re continuing our monthly installment series on creating amazing characters using Orson Scott Card’s seminal book, Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters & Viewpoint. This month, we cover the three elements every characters needs and why you must deliver.

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Style Guide: Why You Need One & How to Create It

by Kathy Edens Feb 05, 2018

Style Guide: Why You Need One & How to Create It

Every brand needs content, lots of it. When you have several cooks in the kitchen, resulting meals can look and taste quite different from each other. For your brand’s reputation and image, you need to make sure all written communications follow your style guide.

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The Essential Reading List: Historical Fiction

by Kathy Edens Feb 05, 2018

The Essential Reading List: Historical Fiction

If you are anything like us, your favorite way to learn about history is by immersing yourself in a fictional world shaped by actual events. For this list, we specifically chose works covering events or time periods over 30 years before the time of writing.

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Link Building with Like-Minded Bloggers

by Rachel Doran Feb 05, 2018

Link Building with Like-Minded Bloggers

When you do it the right way, link building is one of the best ways to boost your following.

If search engine algorithms notice more and more links going back to your web page, your web page will start to take priority on relevant searches. And if your links are attached to engaging, helpful content, you’ll intrigue human audiences as well. When you create backlinks by engaging with like-minded bloggers, however, you’re doing more than simply putting your webpage out there.

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A Copywriter’s Guide To 3 Profitable Content Side Hustles

by Victoria Greene Feb 05, 2018

A Copywriter’s Guide To 3 Profitable Content Side Hustles

By selecting a profitable side hustle, you can be an even more successful individual and help secure that elusive steady income. In this post, Victoria Greene explores three of the best side hustles for copywriters.

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How NOT to Negotiate Your Rate – An Ultimate Guide to Getting Paid Well

by Callum Mundine Feb 05, 2018

How NOT to Negotiate Your Rate – An Ultimate Guide to Getting Paid Well

Negotiating with new clients is always challenging, even more so when you’re about to close a deal with only one discussion point left: your rate. We get it. Naming your price can be tricky business, but it’s important you know how to effectively price your time and work.

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7 Things to Master in Switching from Journalism to Content Marketing

by Jennifer Xue Feb 05, 2018

7 Things to Master in Switching from Journalism to Content Marketing

While journalism is collapsing, content marketing is thriving. If you already have strong writing and other journalistic skills, you definitely can master content marketing. Just learn these seven new skills before you make the leap.

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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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Oops! Did You Forget to Launch Your Book? 4 Marketing Steps to Take Right Now

by Jordan Ring Jan 17, 2018

Oops! Did You Forget to Launch Your Book? 4 Marketing Steps to Take Right Now

“Why isn’t anyone buying my book? Is it not good enough? Am I a terrible writer? "Should I give up forever?"

Of course not. It's just that you didn't launch your book. You didn't ceremoniously rocket it out into the world so that everyone noticed it.

It's not too late! Here's what you need to know:

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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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