Articles by Lisa Lepki

Lisa Lepki is ProWritingAid's Head of Marketing and the Editor of the ProWritingAid blog. A word nerd, she loves the technical elements of writing almost as much as the writing itself. She is the co-author of The Novel-Writing Training Plan and 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers Her work can also be found on Writer’s Digest, bookbaby.com, The Write Life, and DIYAuthor. Contact her on lisa@prowritingaid.com.

ProWritingAid and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

by Lisa Lepki Sep 17, 2018

ProWritingAid and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

Fictionary works seamlessly with the ProWritingAid Chrome extension. Not only can you use both to improve your work at the same time, but there's a special offer on the Fictionary and ProWritingAid bundle: get both for just $99 until September 22nd.

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We're Crowdsourcing a Canadian Dictionary, Eh?

by Lisa Lepki Sep 13, 2018

We're Crowdsourcing a Canadian Dictionary, Eh?

If I had a loonie for every time a Canadian writer asked for this, I would have enough for a dozen double-doubles AND a box of timbits.

We think we have sorted out most of the Canadian spellings (color vs colour, etc.), but we don't want to stop there. We want the Canadian dictionary to include Canadian words and expressions. I've started a list below, but I need your help. Let's crowdsource this Canadian-style.

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Writing Can Be Therapy [Infographic]

by Lisa Lepki Aug 09, 2018

Writing Can Be Therapy [Infographic]

What if we could write for self-reflection and contemplation rather than writing for others’ approval or recognition?

Writing as a form of therapy allows us to explore our emotions and our wellbeing in a relaxed way. Nothing is expected of us. For writers who often experience a battle with the inner critic, this could be just what you need. In this infographic, we take a look at the healing benefits of writing.

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What’s with ProWritingAid’s Word Count?

by Lisa Lepki Jul 30, 2018

What’s with ProWritingAid’s Word Count? You may have noticed that ProWritingAid’s word count differs from others, like MS Word, Scrivener, Google Docs, and even Grammarly. There’s a very simple reason for it: each program counts words with apostrophes, numbers, hyphens, commas, periods, and other characters differently.Examples

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Essential Reading: the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

by Lisa Lepki Jul 18, 2018

Essential Reading: the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

The best way to learn about great writing is to read great books. Writers need to read differently from other people. They can't just sit back at let the story wash over them. They need to be studying the work of their favorite authors and constantly asking themselves questions.

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What is Content Marketing Anyway?

by Lisa Lepki Jul 18, 2018

What is Content Marketing Anyway?

Writers are trained in, well, writing. Most don't have a background in marketing.

Fear not! If you're new to the content marketing process, this guide from AppInstitute will help you get started.

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22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

by Lisa Lepki Jul 17, 2018

22 Storytelling Techniques from Pixar

If you've ever seen "Up" or "Toy Story," you know that the team of writers over at Pixar can spin a great story. With that in mind, we examine former Pixar employee Emma Coats' storytelling tips.

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Free Online Grammar Checker

by Lisa Lepki Jul 12, 2018

Free Online Grammar Checker

Nothing makes a reader lose faith in a writer faster than a grammar error!

The ProWritingAid Editing Tool is one of the world’s best grammar-checkers, but it also looks at elements of style and structure that help you make your writing as strong and clear as possible. Here's a quick guide to how it works.

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How to Make Money as a Writer in 2018 [Infographic]

by Lisa Lepki Jul 05, 2018

How to Make Money as a Writer in 2018 [Infographic]

When people hear that you're a writer, they likely respond in one of two ways: they assume you make the big bucks or they suggest you go out and get a real job. In 2018, there are plenty of ways to make a good living as a writer. In this post, we examine some of the best.

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Find Repeated Words and Phrases

by Lisa Lepki Jun 17, 2018

Find Repeated Words and Phrases

You will be amazed to see how often, when in the thralls of creative writing, you use the same word or phrase multiple times. It’s natural to fall into accidental repetition: if you have described something well, then those words are already in your mind when you need to refer to it again later in the text.

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Today Only! Free Scrivener Masterclass for ProWritingAid Users

by Lisa Lepki Apr 17, 2018

Today Only! Free Scrivener Masterclass for ProWritingAid Users

Joseph Michael, aka the Scrivener Coach, has agreed to host a one-time-only masterclass on Wednesday, April 18th. At this unique event, you'll learn how to get Scrivener to do exactly what you want and accelerate your writing career!

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Recruiting: The ProWritingAid Blogging Team

by Lisa Lepki Mar 08, 2018

Recruiting: The ProWritingAid Blogging Team

We're putting together a team of writers for the ProWritingAid Blog. Team members will be diverse in their knowledge and specialities, but all share a love of writing.

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Take a Quick Tour of the ProWritingAid Desktop App

by Lisa Lepki Mar 06, 2018

Take a Quick Tour of the ProWritingAid Desktop App Ready to take a quick tour of the ProWritingAid desktop app? Let's go!

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The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

by Lisa Lepki Feb 06, 2018

The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

This infographic provides a compact visual guide to common mistakes that writers make. Banish these grammar errors for tighter, clearer writing.

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Take a FREE copy of our newest ebook: "Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter"

by Lisa Lepki Jan 17, 2018

Take a FREE copy of our newest ebook: "Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter"

Turn Yourself into a Prosperous Copywriter is our way of tipping our hat to all those who earn a good living as a copywriter. Years of copywriting experience went into each chapter of this book. We hope you find nuggets of gold in these pages.

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Getting Started with ProWritingAid’s Google Docs Add-on.

by Lisa Lepki Dec 07, 2017

Getting Started with ProWritingAid’s Google Docs Add-on.

Have you tried out our Google Docs add-in yet?

We've put together a step-by-step guide to help get you started as soon as possible. Give it a try and let us know what you think. 

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10 Writing Issues that Your Grammar Checker is Missing

by Lisa Lepki May 15, 2017

10 Writing Issues that Your Grammar Checker is Missing

An editing tool checks for writing issues that go far beyond mere grammar problems.

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The Writer’s Bundle: An Amazing Offer Available Only From April 3-6, 2017!

by Lisa Lepki Apr 03, 2017

The Writer’s Bundle: An Amazing Offer Available Only From April 3-6, 2017! $1,667 of Writing Resources for $99The Writer’s Bundle: An Amazing Offer Available Only From April 3-6, 2017!

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Stop Researching & Get Writing!

by Lisa Lepki Mar 31, 2017

Stop Researching & Get Writing!

Researching can be fun. No, seriously. If you're writing about a new topic for a blog post or an interesting subject for a work of fiction, it's the details that help your writing ring true.

Some experts say you can't do too much research if you want your prose to be believable. There is a point, however, that research becomes a way to procrastinate the actual writing itself.

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7 Ways an Editing Tool Will Make Your Funding Applications Shine

by Lisa Lepki Feb 27, 2017

7 Ways an Editing Tool Will Make Your Funding Applications Shine

We all know that you can work for the greatest organization in the world, doing the most amazing things, but if your fundraising application is poorly written, you aren’t going to get the funds.

Here are 7 ways an editing tool can improve your writing and ultimately increase your bottom line.

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