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.

The Perils of Relying Too Much on Your Editing Tool

by Kathy Edens Oct 17, 2018

The Perils of Relying Too Much on Your Editing Tool

An editing tool is a writer’s best friend. But there comes a time in every writer’s life when you shouldn’t rely on your tool. You need to go old school and self-edit manually. Here's how to do it.

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What Entrepreneurs Can Learn about Communication from an Algorithm

by Kathy Edens Oct 17, 2018

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn about Communication from an Algorithm

The key to effectively communicating your thoughts, ideas and mandates is through concise, clear writing. Not every entrepreneur has these skills. The good news is: you can learn how to write so anyone can understand you from an algorithm.

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Why You Can’t Stop Learning

by Kathy Edens Oct 08, 2018

Why You Can’t Stop Learning

For writers, reading is essential. But is it enough? Here's why you can't just read—you need to learn something new every single day.

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The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

by Kathy Edens Oct 08, 2018

The Low-Down on First-Person Narrative

Are you considering first-person narrative for your next project? Go no further until you read this post!

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How to Use the ProWritingAid Desktop App for Mac

by Kathy Edens Oct 08, 2018

How to Use the ProWritingAid Desktop App for Mac

If you’re a Mac user and new to ProWritingAid or are slavishly devoted to the online editor, there’s a better way. With every premium license, you can download a nifty desktop app that works with Word, Scrivener, Text, Rich Text Format, HTML, Markdown, or Open Document files.

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Abbreviations: How & When to Use Them

by Kathy Edens Oct 08, 2018

Abbreviations: How & When to Use Them

Confused by abbreviations? This is your essential guide to getting them right.

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4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

by Kathy Edens Oct 03, 2018

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year.

If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

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Writing App Review…TextExpander

by Kathy Edens Oct 01, 2018

Writing App Review…TextExpander

Since we love technology that makes life easier, we’re bringing you a new app we found: TextExpander.

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Why Techies Should Become Better Writers

by Kathy Edens Sep 24, 2018

Why Techies Should Become Better Writers

Some techies think they don't need to write. We disagree. Here's why.

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Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

by Kathy Edens Sep 24, 2018

Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

Want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Awesome! Prepare with these tips.

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The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

by Kathy Edens Sep 11, 2018

The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

What are the greatest fantasy novels of all time? Here's our list of the top 25.

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How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

by Kathy Edens Sep 11, 2018

How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

Is deus ex machina "Persona Non Grata" in fiction? Here's the case for when it works and when it doesn't.

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Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

by Kathy Edens Sep 10, 2018

Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

Are ideas finite? What do writers do when they run out? If you're stuck, these tips can help.

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Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

by Kathy Edens Sep 05, 2018

Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

Think of the different voices you use in daily life. You have a certain voice you use with the boss, another one with your partner, and a completely separate one you save for your mother.

How you say things in each different voice results from your background, your education level, where you live, your personality traits and quirks, and to whom you’re speaking. Learn how to harness these voices to create the characters in your book.

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Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

by Kathy Edens Sep 05, 2018

Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

Apostrophes are like weeds. Sometimes they crop up in the most unexpected places. How do you know when and where to use an apostrophe? In this article, we set the record straight.

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Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

by Kathy Edens Aug 28, 2018

Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

Exclamation points punctuate the end of a sentence meant to display admiration or express excitement, astonishment, or some other strong emotion. Some people go mad with their exclamation marks!!! (See what we did there?)

In this article, we discuss when, and when not, to use this pesky punctuation.

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Do You Need a Degree to Be a Writer?

by Kathy Edens Aug 28, 2018

Do You Need a Degree to Be a Writer?

Could there be a more contentious question among the diverse set of writers in the world? Should you have a writing degree to write? We explore the answer in this blog post.

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How to Write a Tragedy Like John Green

by Kathy Edens Aug 20, 2018

How to Write a Tragedy Like John Green

As writers, we want to make sure our readers are happy with our tale's ending, so we often turn away from tragedies. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use a tragic hero in your story to juxtapose your protagonist. In this article, author Kathy Edens examines how to make your readers' hearts ache.

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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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