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.
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
Some techies think they don't need to write. We disagree. Here's why.Read More »
What are the greatest fantasy novels of all time? Here's our list of the top 25.Read More »
Are ideas finite? What do writers do when they run out? If you're stuck, these tips can help.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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.Read More »
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