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What are Dangling Modifiers and Why You Shouldn’t Let Them Dangle

by ProWritingAid Dec 04, 2015

What are Dangling Modifiers and Why You Shouldn’t Let Them Dangle What is a dangling modifier, you ask?

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6 Best Editorial Tools for Writers & Editors

by Edward Warner Dec 01, 2015

6 Best Editorial Tools for Writers & Editors Whether you are a content marketer, author or blogger, it’s important to carefully plan out the content on your website. There’s a whole range of apps and tools out there to help us collect ideas, outline our work, collaborate with a team, and publish blog posts. Editorial tools have made the content management process much easier.

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How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program

by ProWritingAid Nov 28, 2015

How your personal blog can generate income through the ProWritingAid affiliate program This post is “Affiliates 101”. Many of our users are already part of our affiliate program. They're earning passive income by promoting us on their websites and social media. Our top affiliates earned over $1000 in 2015. However, there are a lot of you out there who have great websites and blogs but haven’t linked up the program yet. This post is for you. Here is what you need to know. What is an affiliate program?

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Life After NaNoWriMo: Time to Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

by Kathy Edens Nov 27, 2015

Life After NaNoWriMo:  Time to Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development You’ve survived yet another NaNoWriMo. Congratulations! You’ve just written a book in 30 days. Now what?

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How to Finally Finish Your Novel

by Anita Evensen Nov 27, 2015

How to Finally Finish Your Novel So many people – people that you might not even expect – have the beginning of a novel hidden somewhere in a drawer or closet. They sat down and started writing because they had something to say and a story to tell. The vast majority started out strong, writing pages and pages each week, and then slowly lost momentum as they encountered difficult passages or become distracted by another aspect of their lives. Their untold story remains untold, languishing for years in a forgotten file folder.

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Life After NaNoWriMo: Facing the Technical Edit Like a Pro

by Lisa Lepki Nov 27, 2015

Life After NaNoWriMo: Facing the Technical Edit Like a Pro You wrote a novel! Well done. Reaching the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month is an impressive feat. So, now you can just sit back, put up your feet and wait for the publishers to come knocking.

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5 Tricks for Using Dialogue to Write Truly Captivating Characters

by Lisa Lepki Nov 27, 2015

5 Tricks for Using Dialogue to Write Truly Captivating Characters Dialogue can be about much more than just the words on the page. Good authors use it to build tension and subtly set the tone of each interaction. The words their characters choose say so much more than just their lexical meaning. So how you can use dialogue to create captivating characters and move your story forward? Here are 5 tricks: 1) Create power dynamics

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5 Ways to Come Up With the Great Essay Ideas

by Daniela McVicker Nov 17, 2015

5 Ways to Come Up With the Great Essay Ideas Writing an essay is a challenging undertaking. You have to research, take notes, write an outline, and then turn that outline into a rough draft. Finally, you have to repeatedly edit and refine your rough draft until it becomes a suitable final draft. It can take hours, even days, to complete an essay. Of course, before any of this can happen, you need to come up with a great topic. It may seem like a simple task, but if you cannot think of an essay idea, you can’t even get off the starting blocks. So, what do you do when you are stuck and can’t think of anything to write about? Here are 5 ways in which you can help yourself come up with a great essay idea. 1. Brainstorming

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7 Essential Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

by Cathi King Nov 01, 2015

October 31. A day of celebration and bags full of candy.

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Our Blunders, Your Gain. What the team at Our Write Side wish they had known about blogging before they began.

by Our Write Side Oct 15, 2015

Our Blunders, Your Gain. What the team at Our Write Side wish they had known about blogging before they began. When we heard that three of our favourite writing bloggers – Stephanie Ayers, Wendy Strain and A.L. Mabry – were joining forces and starting up a new writing website called OurWriteSide.com, we were excited! We reached out and asked them if they would share what they have learned during their years in the blogosphere that might help bloggers who are just starting out. Here is what they had to say.

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Why and How Writers Should Protect Themselves Online

by Caroline Black Oct 15, 2015

Why and How Writers Should Protect Themselves Online Unless you are one of those rare technophobic writers staunchly refusing to give up their typewriter, you and technology are necessarily brought together by the very nature of your work. You write on a computer, save your work on a hard drive and market it online, with the world of social media offering exciting opportunities to promote yourself and your writing. Yet there are inherent dangers that come with the internet. Hackers and other cybercriminals can take advantage of users who are not sufficiently tech savvy. Here’s what you need to know.

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5 Tricks for Writing Fast Without Losing Quality

by Janice Kersh Oct 15, 2015

5 Tricks for Writing Fast Without Losing Quality Ever see another writer crank out a great essay or compelling post in record time while you're there slaving over your desk for hours with only a few sentences to show for it? The secret to fast writing is preparation. It’s like training for a sport. When you see a sprinter break a record, you're only there for the few seconds of glory, but the runner has spent years in preparation for that moment. The same is true with fast writing. You can write fast too, but you’ll have to be disciplined and do the preparation necessary to finish quality work in record time.

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How ProWritingAid Helped Me Turn Professional Wrestling into Professional Work

by Travis Taylor @writertaylor Sep 25, 2015

How ProWritingAid Helped Me Turn Professional Wrestling into Professional Work I first used ProWritingAid after being hired by Bleacher Report to cover professional wrestling and, more specifically, the WWE. As a sports-centered website with over 20 million monthly viewers, the pressure was high. A minimum of three articles per week was required with the potential of live coverage of events and interviews with the superstars.

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Build Your Brand. 5 Reasons Every Writer Needs an Online Media Kit

by Chris Well Sep 25, 2015

Build Your Brand. 5 Reasons Every Writer Needs an Online Media Kit You’re a writer. If you expect your writing to be a business—whether you’re a blogger or novelist, educator or journalist, or any other kind of writer—you need information on your website that explains what you offer. The best way to present this information is in an online media kit, which explains to anyone (not just members of the press) your business as a writer. It’s an important factor in staking your position, building your business, and expanding your audience.

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A Novel Writing Formula

by Katja L Kaine Sep 25, 2015

A Novel Writing Formula Here at the Novel Factory, we’re into processes.

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Contextual Thesaurus Report

by ProWritingAid Jul 19, 2015

The contextual thesaurus report is designed to allow you to play with your words quickly and easily. We want you to be able to find vocabulary enhancements that fit perfectly into the context of the sentence. Unlike most thesaurus suggestions, our report takes into account the context of the word in the sentence to provide suggestions that work well within the sentence.

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3 last-minute ProWritingAid fixes that will make a huge difference in a short time.

by Lisa Lepki Jul 14, 2015

3 last-minute ProWritingAid fixes that will make a huge difference in a short time. We know that many of you, like us, need a fast-approaching deadline in order to really get down to the business of writing. The problem with doing it all at the last minute means that your editing time is short and needs to be efficient and effective. These three reports will help you do swift and snappy edit when you are down to the wire:

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Why Finding a Good Beta Reader Can Make You a Better Writer.

by Lisa Lepki Jul 14, 2015

Why Finding a Good Beta Reader Can Make You a Better Writer. Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things – thoughts, ideas, opinions.-- Paulo Coelho

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The 6 Best Manuscript Editing Software Packages

by ProWritingAid Apr 15, 2015

Picking the right manuscript editing software can be daunting. Several packages exist, and they all have different features. Here we list the best 6 manuscript editing software packages on the market. We give you an overview of their features to help you choose the best.AutoCrit

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing an Academic Essay

by Cari Bennette Dec 04, 2014

Academic essays are an unavoidable part of the educational journey. Learning to write well may be one of the greatest skills you gain during your college years. Most students, however, will commit many errors before learning the art of academic essay writing.

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