Did you know there are two types of quotation marks?

The first (and probably most familiar) are curly quotes. These are the ones you’ll see in most books and online articles. As the name suggests, they curl around letters. They look something like this:


Straight quotes are the other type. Stylistically speaking, these are a bit simpler. They’re more vertical and take up less space than their curly cousins. Here’s what they look like:


For us writers, the difference between curly and straight means more than some might think. Many publications prefer one style to the other. Also, some readers might prefer curly to straight, or straight to curly. If you’ve ever had to sift through a manuscript to switch from one style of quote to the other, you know how frustrating it can be.

Fortunately, there’s an easier way. Log into the ProWritingAid web app and open the menu. Here’s what you’ll see…


Simply click “Convert to Curly Quotes” to change every quotation mark into the curly form.


Or click “Convert to Straight Quotes” to change every quotation mark into a straight quote.


Customers have been asking for this feature for a long time, so we’re happy to deliver it. Enjoy!

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Kyle A. Massa is a speculative fiction author living in upstate New York with his wife and their two cats. He loves the present tense and multiple POV characters. When he grows up, he wants to be a professional Magic: The Gathering player. For more of his work, visit

It would be fabulous if only the default wasn't "Use Curly Quotes." I'm forever having to convert to straight. I require straight quotes.

By crowdogs on 29 November 2018, 04:47 PM

How does this work with Scrivener files? A frequent issue I have is that, in editing a Scrivener file through ProWritingAid, I replace a curly with a straight, or insert a passage that requires quotes. Should I then convert them to curly quotes, or let Scrivener handle it once the file is saved?

By jimlka on 29 November 2018, 07:08 PM

Will this be promugated to the desktop PWA application, Kyle? I am wondering if this includes the single quote mark used for contractions and such. Will the be converable as well? Wouldn't help if I convert dialogue quotes to "curly" yet leave all my apostrophes in straight mode. Bill

By b.douglas.slack on 30 November 2018, 01:46 AM