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Articles by Hayley Milliman

Hayley is thrilled to be ProWritingAid's Content Lead, as it gives her an excuse to think deeply about words every single day. Prior to joining ProWritingAid, Hayley spent a number of years as an elementary school teacher, which was a crash course in learning how to entertain an indifferent audience. These days, she puts her storytelling skills to use writing blog articles and working on her first novel.

When Hayley isn't hunched over her keyboard, you can find her figure skating at the ice rink, hiking with her dog, or profusely sweating at the Muay Thai gym.

She is the co-author of the book Museum Hack's Guide to History's Fiercest Females (which was an Amazon bestseller) and How to Build Your Author Platform on a Shoestring.

How to Be Your Own Publicist

How to Be Your Own Publicist

A good publicist can make or break your book – but they can also be very expensive! If you're strapped for cash, don't worry! With a little bit of work and a lot of confidence in yourself, you can be your own publicist.

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8 Social Media Tips for Authors

8 Social Media Tips for Authors

Building a social media presence from scratch, especially if you’ve never invested in anything like that before, can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! In this article, we’ll help you go from zero to social media hero without breaking a sweat – or the bank.

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The Smart Way to Spend Your Shoestring Budget

The Smart Way to Spend Your Shoestring Budget

Say you’ve only got a small amount of money (for example, $250) to spend on marketing your book. What should you spend it on? How can you use those resources most effectively? Here are our recommendations for what to purchase.

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Using ProWritingAid's Chapter Bar

Using ProWritingAid's Chapter Bar

Have you tried ProWritingAid's chapter bar yet? We explain how to use it.

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4 Ways to Help Your Students Love Writing

4 Ways to Help Your Students Love Writing

Do your students hate writing? Mine did, too! These four tips helped me get my students to a place where they loved writing.

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10 Free Writing Apps and Tools

10 Free Writing Apps and Tools

There are tons of free writing apps and tools that you can use to improve your writing. Here are ten of our favorites.

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The Top 25 Oxymorons

The Top 25 Oxymorons

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words with contradictory meanings are placed side-by-side. Here's a list of 25 of our favorites.

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All You Need to Know About Anaphora

All You Need to Know About Anaphora

Anaphora is the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of a clause to achieve an artist effect. In this article, we break down what anaphora is and how to use it.

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Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Millions of fans are not thrilled with the ending of 'Game of Thrones'. Hayley Milliman examines what lessons aspiring fiction writers can learn from the show's missteps.

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Omnipotent Characters: Why Marvel Sidelined Thor, Vision, and Captain Marvel

Omnipotent Characters: Why Marvel Sidelined Thor, Vision, and Captain Marvel

When Proxima Midnight stabbed Vision, it wasn't a random development. It was good writing. Authors often sideline omnipotent characters to give the rest of their cast a chance. In this article, we examine what omnipotent characters are and how to use them.

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Retconning: Why J.K. Rowling Is Making Me Furious

Retconning: Why J.K. Rowling Is Making Me Furious

Nothing makes a true fan angrier than retconning. Here's why.

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5 Reasons It's Important to Invest in Technology as a Small Business

5 Reasons It's Important to Invest in Technology as a Small Business

Technology helps companies operate more efficiently and better satisfy the needs of their customers. Let's take a look at why.

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What Datajournalism.com Is and How to Use It

What Datajournalism.com Is and How to Use It

Pioneered by the European Journalism Centre, Datajournalism.com is a resource to help journalists learn or improve their data skills.

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Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

What is the passive voice, anyway? As writers, we know that the passive voice is bad. But why? And if it is so bad, how do we fix it? We take a look at what the passive voice is and a new feature to fix it in ProWritingAid.

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How to Use the ProWritingAid Sentence Structure Report

How to Use the ProWritingAid Sentence Structure Report

Our new Sentence Structure report analyzes how you start each sentence in your text and compares your usage of different sentence structures to published texts in your genre. Here's how to use it.

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