Articles by Lisa Lepki

Lisa Lepki is 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.

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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Celebrate Our Birthday With 50% Off ProWritingAid Premium Lifetime

by Lisa Lepki Jul 11, 2018

Celebrate Our Birthday With 50% Off ProWritingAid Premium Lifetime Happy Birthday to Us: Celebrate with 50% Off!

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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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4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

by Lisa Lepki Feb 08, 2017

4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

One of the biggest problems that creative people face is how to take their imagined ideas and communicate them clearly and effectively in writing. I dread to think how many incredible adventures, concepts, and viewpoints are locked up in the brains of people who struggle with the technical elements of writing. The part of the brain that we use for imaginative thinking is quite different from the part that actually crafts the sentences. And the quickest way to lose a reader’s confidence—even if your ideas are water-tight—is to present them with clumsy, awkward, error-filled writing.

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The Top 5 Manuscript Editing Software

by Lisa Lepki Jan 18, 2017

The Top 5 Manuscript Editing Software

Here at ProWritingAid, we’re constantly evolving our manuscript editing software, as we have for the past four years. In fact, we’re so certain that our manuscript editing software is miles above the competition, we’re discussing their pros and cons and linking to their websites below so you can check for yourselves. (Crazy? No, just incredibly confident.)

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

by Lisa Lepki Dec 19, 2016

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016

Here are the posts from our blog that most resonated with our readers this year. Did your favorite make the list?

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What the Heck is a Word Cloud and Why Would I Use One?

by Lisa Lepki Dec 12, 2016

What the Heck is a Word Cloud and Why Would I Use One?

A word cloud is “an image composed of words used in a particular text or subject, in which the size of each word indicates its frequency or importance.”

So, the more often a specific words appears in your text, the bigger and bolder it appears in your word cloud.

ProWritingAid has a Word Cloud Gallery that makes it easy to create word clouds based on the text you paste into the tool.

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New E-book: The Novel-Writing Training Plan

by Lisa Lepki Oct 03, 2016

New E-book: The Novel-Writing Training Plan

So you are ready to write your novel. Excellent. Are you prepared? The last thing you want when you sit down to write your first draft is to lose momentum. Have you figured out the key traits of your characters so that you know how they will act (and react) in each scene? Have you thought through the climax of your narrative so that you can lay all the groundwork to get there? Have you researched the setting of your story so you can make it feel authentic?

Use this guide before you start writing to work out your narrative arc, plan out your key plot points, flesh out your characters, and begin to build your world. Then, when you begin your writing journey, you will have a map to follow along the way.

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