Articles by Kathy Edens

Kathy Edens is a blogger, a ghost writer, and content master who loves writing about anything and everything. Check out her book The Novel-Writing Training Plan: 17 Steps to Get Your Ideas in Shape for the Marathon of Writing or contact her at www.kathy-edens.com.

How to Use the Dialogue Check

by Kathy Edens Aug 09, 2018

How to Use the Dialogue Check

Dialogue is how your readers learn characters’ thoughts and sometimes their personality traits. The key to effective dialogue is to manage your use of dialogue tags. In this article, we explain how to use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Tag check.

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Character Transformation: Change is in the Air

by Kathy Edens Aug 09, 2018

Character Transformation: Change is in the Air

It’s safe to say that people change. A good story will explain character transformation in ways readers understand it. In this article, we explain how to tackle character transformation in your novel.

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What You Need to Know About the Pacing Check

by Kathy Edens Jul 27, 2018

What You Need to Know About the Pacing Check

Pacing is what moves your story forward quickly, then slows the action down so your readers can catch their breath and learn more about your character’s thoughts. The ProWritingAid pacing check can help you determine whether or not your story is moving along at the right clip.

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How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

by Kathy Edens Jul 27, 2018

How to Do Anthropomorphism Like Brian Jacques

How do you make anthropomorphism work in your writing? Author Kathy Edens takes a look at the best ways to make animals, books, teacups, and more come alive in your work.

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Why Writing Helps You Figure Out What You Believe

by Kathy Edens Jul 27, 2018

Why Writing Helps You Figure Out What You Believe

Being a writer is like being a browser with hundreds of tabs open. You have tons of ideas flying by at every moment, but might not have enough time to capture them. The good news is, the more you build the habit of writing, the more you can jot down. And writing can even help with the biggest questions of all.

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The Best Romance Novels Ever Written

by Kathy Edens Jul 17, 2018

The Best Romance Novels Ever Written

Continuing our Essential Reading series, this month we’re focusing on romance novels, from the classics to the breathless reads of today’s masters.

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Are You a Night Owl or an Early Bird?

by Kathy Edens Jul 17, 2018

Are You a Night Owl or an Early Bird?

What kind of "fowl" are you—an early bird or a night owl? Author Kathy Edens examines how to best take advantage of your productive hours to write more.

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Types of Characters in Your Story

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

Types of Characters in Your Story

Continuing our walk through of Orson Scott Card’s Characters & Viewpoint, we turn our attention to the types of characters available to novelists today. Author Kathy Edens explores the characters and viewpoints you need in your fiction writing.

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How to Create and Stick to a Writing Schedule

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

How to Create and Stick to a Writing Schedule

The key to a productive writing life is scheduling. In this article, we break down how to boost your writing productivity by creating and sticking to a schedule. Warning: some math required!

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Prepositions. What’s the Deal?

by Kathy Edens Jul 05, 2018

Prepositions. What’s the Deal?

Stuck wondering what a prepositional phrase is? In this article, we teach you everything you need to know about prepositions.

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How to Fall in Love with Writing... Especially if You’re Not a Writer

by Kathy Edens Jun 28, 2018

How to Fall in Love with Writing... Especially if You’re Not a Writer

Nothing can be more intimidating to a writer than the blank page. In this article, we examine how to love writing, even when it feels impossible.

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Why AI Will Never Replace Writers

by Kathy Edens Jun 28, 2018

Why AI Will Never Replace Writers

Everywhere you look, there are chatbots taking over customer service, self-driving cars populating the roads, and virtual reality games augmenting the real world. But will AI ever truly take over writing from humans? Author Kathy Edens explains why not.

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Why You Should Limit Your Writing Hours

by Kathy Edens Jun 25, 2018

Why You Should Limit Your Writing Hours

Should you spend all day writing? Or should you structure your time? Author Kathy Edens examines the benefits of limiting your writing time.

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The Best Ever Mystery Novels

by Kathy Edens Jun 18, 2018

The Best Ever Mystery Novels

Mystery. Suspense. Who doesn’t love a good brain twister, especially when you don’t find out until the end whodunnit? There are some big names on the list, but others might surprise you. Is your favourite yarn in there?

Let’s take a look at the best 25 mysteries ever written.

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The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers

by Kathy Edens Jun 06, 2018

The 10 Best Facebook Groups for Writers NOTE: After getting a ton of amazing feedback from users, we updated this page for 2018.Check it out here: Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers - updated for 2018

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What You Need to Know About Plagiarism Checks

by Kathy Edens Jun 02, 2018

What You Need to Know About Plagiarism Checks Every writer knows plagiarism is bad. We must all express ourselves uniquely without stealing thoughts, words, and ideas from others. But sometimes it’s hard to be original and unintentional plagiarism creeps into our work. Especially when on a tight deadline, you may let another’s work slip into your content without proper attribution.Why is plagiarism bad?

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Creating Compelling & Engaging Characters: What Makes Readers Love ’Em or Hate ’Em

by Kathy Edens Jun 01, 2018

Creating Compelling & Engaging Characters: What Makes Readers Love ’Em or Hate ’Em

How do you craft a character that everyone loves to love or loves to hate? In this article, author Kathy Edens examines the characteristics you should give your characters depending on the audience reaction you're seeking.

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What’s the Difference Between the House Style and Combo Check in ProWritingAid?

by Kathy Edens May 09, 2018

What’s the Difference Between the House Style and Combo Check in ProWritingAid?

ProWritingAid has customizable reports that help you find any manner of technical or stylistic gaffes in your work. Besides the 25+ reports that help you polish your work, you can use the House Style or the Combo Check. But what’s the difference between these two?

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Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

by Kathy Edens May 08, 2018

Characters: Raise the Stakes to Make Readers Love 'Em or Hate 'Em

Not all characters are created equal. We teach you the techniques you need to grab your readers by the emotional coat-tails with these three character types.

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Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

by Kathy Edens Apr 18, 2018

Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

Back in 2017, we listed our favorite Facebook groups and tons of readers wrote in sharing amazing groups that hadn't made the cut. So, for 2018, we're adding more great Facebook groups to our list.

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