The Debut Dagger Award: Win Big for Your Crime Story

The Debut Dagger Award: Win Big for Your Crime Story

ProWritingAid is thrilled to be sponsoring the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger award as part of their 2021 Dagger awards series. The CWA Debut Dagger is a renowned competition for the opening of a crime novel open to writers who are not yet traditionally published.

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Webinar: Publish Your Book Yourself with Kobo Writing Life

Webinar: Publish Your Book Yourself with Kobo Writing Life

Want to publish your own book, but not sure which software to use? Come along to our Kobo Writing Life walkthrough to see if it's the self-publishing software for you. Register for free, now.

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How to Find the Right Proofreader for Your Novel

How to Find the Right Proofreader for Your Novel

Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to find and correct production errors in the text. Copy-editing is the final stage of editing before you publish your manuscript. Learn which one you really need, and how to find the right editor for your book.

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Improve Your Sensory Detail with These Writing and Editing Tricks

Improve Your Sensory Detail with These Writing and Editing Tricks

As authors, we want our readers to feel as if they are there in the story. Sensory detail is the best way to do this. Here are eight ways to improve sensory detail in your writing.

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How to Write from a Child's Point of View

How to Write from a Child's Point of View

Capturing the voice of a child is challenging in fiction writing. Use these simple tips and techniques to help you write convincingly from a child's perspective.

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Webinar: How to Self-Publish With Lulu, a Walkthrough and Q&A

Webinar: How to Self-Publish With Lulu, a Walkthrough and Q&A

Are you ready to self-publish your book? We've invited Chelsea to show us how Lulu can help. Lulu is one of the top self-publishing and print-on-demand companies out there. Whether you are creating a gift, a book to sell on Amazon, a manual for your office, a portfolio, or any other kind of book for any purpose, Lulu can help make it happen.

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The Art of the Frame Story

The Art of the Frame Story

What is a frame story, how does it work, and why would someone write one? In this article, we'll define frame stories, explore a few examples, then offer some tips on how to write your own.

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The 8 Elements of a Killer Book Proposal: Sell Your Nonfiction Book Before You Write It

The 8 Elements of a Killer Book Proposal: Sell Your Nonfiction Book Before You Write It

A book proposal is an argument for your idea, a business case for your project, a showcase of your expertise, and a declaration of your voice. Join us for this free, live webinar as we learn how to write a proposal that will help you sell your book before you've written it.

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How to Get a Killer Design for Your Book Cover

How to Get a Killer Design for Your Book Cover

Having a professional and compelling book cover is a necessity if you’re bringing a book to market. But how does an independent author go about producing a book cover design worthy of the great content on the pages within? Find out everything you need to know about working with a graphic designer on your book cover in this article.

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The "Other" Jobs: 9 Roles Every Freelance Writer Has to Fulfill

The "Other" Jobs: 9 Roles Every Freelance Writer Has to Fulfill

Writers aren't just writers. There are lots of roles that a freelancer needs to cover without writing a single word. Whether you're just starting out as a freelance writer, you're thinking about it, or even if you have some experience, it's important to understand the scope of the job. Here are nine other roles and how to fulfill them to make sure your writing business thrives.

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Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing

Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing

Does music help you write? If so, you'll dig this article. We'll cover classical music, songs that match your project, movie soundtracks, nostalgic hits, and more.

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How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.

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Lonely? 7 Ways to Stay Sane When Working by Yourself

Lonely? 7 Ways to Stay Sane When Working by Yourself

Writers can be lonely creatures—and this is bad for your mental health. Instead of accepting it, here are seven ways to cope with loneliness and keep it from overtaking you.

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Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

When writers begin things in the middle, they plunge the reader into things that are already happening. No intro. No backstory. No weather description. Action is happening, and the reader is right there. Find out how to use _in medias res_ to capture your readers' attention.

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How to Write a Novel in a Year: Tips from Fantasy Writer Oz Mari G.

How to Write a Novel in a Year: Tips from Fantasy Writer Oz Mari G.

There are all kinds of writers in the ProWritingAid community, all with very different writing styles. Fantasy author Oz Mari G. shares how ProWritingAid helped her get through three rounds of rewrites before she published her first novel.

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