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The most successful people in the world have coaches. Whatever your level of writing, ProWritingAid will help you achieve new heights. Exceptional writing depends on much more than just correct grammar. You need an editing tool that also highlights style issues and compares your writing to the best writers in your genre. ProWritingAid helps you find the best way to express your ideas.

Essential Reading List: Young Adult Fiction

Essential Reading List: Young Adult Fiction

We're living in the golden age of young adult fiction. In this list, we outline our picks for the best YA of all time.

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Autocrit vs. ProWritingAid: How They Stack Up

Autocrit vs. ProWritingAid: How They Stack Up

How does ProWritingAid stack up against online editing tool AutoCrit? We've carried out direct comparisons according to a number of criteria. Spoiler alert: ProWritingAid offers more levels of writing analysis than AutoCrit and costs less!

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StyleWriter vs. ProWritingAid: How Do They Compare?

StyleWriter vs. ProWritingAid: How Do They Compare?

How does StyleWriter compare to ProWritingAid? Let's investigate!

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Passive vs Active Voice in writing

Passive vs Active Voice in writing

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How to Avoid Jargon in Your Business Writing

How to Avoid Jargon in Your Business Writing

Writing clear and effective copy doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, dropping the jargon and finding a simpler way to put things is often the key to great copy.

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How to Use Readability Scores

How to Use Readability Scores

Your ProWritingAid Summary Report will provide you with a variety of readability scores that have been calculated using some of the top tools out there. Here's how to use the scores to improve your work.

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How to Use the Sticky Sentences Report

How to Use the Sticky Sentences Report

A sticky sentence is one that is full of glue words. Glue words are the empty space that readers need to get through before they can get to your ideas. If your sentences contain more than 45% glue words, they should probably be re-written to increase clarity. Here's how and why.

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How to Use the Writing Style Check

How to Use the Writing Style Check

The Writing Style Check is one of the most popular and comprehensive reports that ProWritingAid offers. It highlights several areas of writing that should be revised to improve readability, including passive voice, overuse of adverbs, hidden verbs, overused words, clunky phrasing, repeated sentence starts, and more.

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Check out all the new features in the latest version of our ProWritingAid MS Word Add-in.

Check out all the new features in the latest version of our ProWritingAid MS Word Add-in.

At ProWritingAid, we’ve been working hard over the last few months to improve our MS Word add-in. We’re excited to announce that you can now try out the new features!

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What Does the Old Rule “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Mean, Anyway?

What Does the Old Rule “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Mean, Anyway?

You’ve heard it before, most likely from a teacher, an editor, or your agent. But Anton Chekhov said it most eloquently: *Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.* It may seem apparent when Chekhov says it, but sometimes it’s hard to put that advice into practice. There are times when your reader needs to be “told” because brevity is called for. On the other hand, no one wants to read your brain dump on every little matter.

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The Best Places to Find Free Grammar Help Online

The Best Places to Find Free Grammar Help Online

There are dozens of places to find free grammar help online. In this article, we take a look at ten of the best.

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Which Grammar Rules Do You Follow? And When Is It Okay to Break Them?

Which Grammar Rules Do You Follow? And When Is It Okay to Break Them?

Grammar and writing rules are important, but following them isn't the ultimate goal. Clear and compelling writing is. And sometimes, you need to ignore the writing rules in order to make your point.

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How to use... The Sentence Length Report

How to use... The Sentence Length Report

Varied sentence length is an important feature of good writing. To maintain your readers’ interest, use a variety of sentence lengths: some short and punchy, others long and flowing. The late Gary Provost illustrated it best. Click through to see how.

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How to use... The Pronoun Check

How to use... The Pronoun Check

When you are writing in creative mode, you often rely on pronouns to keep your narrative moving: “He did this,” “She did that,” “They ran there,” “I found out.” That’s fine. It’s more important to keep your writing momentum up than it is to get every sentence just right. When you go back and edit, however, you should check your pronoun percentage. Ideally it should fall somewhere between 4% and 15%. Any more than this and your writing can feel dull. This is especially so with initial pronouns – those at the start of the sentence. Your initial pronoun percentage should be under 30%.

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Are Your Adjectives Powerful?

Are Your Adjectives Powerful?

An adjective is a word that names an attribute of a noun. Some are strong and paint clear, specific pictures of the thing they are describing. Some are weak and vague and don’t tell us much. Let’s start with an example...

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