Figurative Language: Why and How You Should Use It

Figurative Language: Why and How You Should Use It

What is figurative language? Figurative language means using literary devices, techniques, and figures of speech to heighten sensory response and add meaning, clarity, or impact to your writing. In this article, learn what figurative language is and see examples of how to use it in your work.

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How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

There is a wealth of information out there about writing fiction and selling your books. How do you know which courses are worth your time and money? Check out our list of the eight best online courses for fiction writers.

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How Professional Editors Use the 38 Story Elements to Edit Your Novel

How Professional Editors Use the 38 Story Elements to Edit Your Novel

Professional editor JoEllen Nordström guides you through the 38 story elements editors look for. You can self-edit using this list before submitting your manuscript for structural editing. Or, you can use this list to better understand the structural editing process.

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The Debut Dagger Award: The Shortlist

The Debut Dagger Award: The Shortlist

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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3 Fun Ways to Outline Your Novel

3 Fun Ways to Outline Your Novel

Bored of bullet points? Here are 3 more interesting ways to outline your novel. Whether you prefer pen and paper or a screen, you'll find a method that suits your writing style.

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How to Use Micro Journaling to Improve Your Productivity

How to Use Micro Journaling to Improve Your Productivity

Maybe the key to unlimited creativity and skyrocketing productivity is as simple as opening a notebook or journaling app...

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Plagiarism, Theft, or Inspiration? 3 Ways Writers Can Make Ideas Their Own

Plagiarism, Theft, or Inspiration? 3 Ways Writers Can Make Ideas Their Own

Worried about plagiarism? Wondering how much inspiration you can take from previously published work? Check out these three suggestions to make every idea your own.

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Novel Outlining: 4 Ways Maps Can Help You Plot Your Story

Novel Outlining: 4 Ways Maps Can Help You Plot Your Story

Maps don't have to be just a pretty feature for the front of your book. They can help you plot a detailed, realistic story. Here are four ways you can use maps to plan your novel.

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8 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Writing for Your Beta Readers

8 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Writing for Your Beta Readers

If you're considering using a beta reader, what should you do before you send your work to them? These tips will save you time, get you the feedback you need, and make the best use of your beta reader.

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5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters

5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters

If you're tired of generic character inventories and you need fresh ideas to create realistic, compelling characters, try these five writing exercises.

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Is Your Writing Causing Headaches? 7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Eye Strain

Is Your Writing Causing Headaches? 7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Eye Strain

It's tough to be a writer. Eye strain can seriously impact your health, productivity, and quality of life. Here's how to protect yourself from it and keep writing at a high level.

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How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

As writers, we often begin by imitating the work of our predecessors. How do we go from that stage to the next, when we discover our unique voices as writers? This article should get you started.

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How to Navigate the Four Stages of Book Editing: A Professional Editor's Guide

How to Navigate the Four Stages of Book Editing: A Professional Editor's Guide

Editing has four stages. Whether you're a newbie still getting into your writing journey or a seasoned author with an established writing career, you must be familiar with these stages and ready to apply them in your editing process. In this article, professional editor JoEllen Nordström explains every stage, including when you can self-edit and when it's best to leave it to the pros.

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How to Succeed As a Writer: 6 Ways to Bounce Back from Failure

How to Succeed As a Writer: 6 Ways to Bounce Back from Failure

Feel like you've reached a low point in your writing career? You're not alone. Even the most successful writers have been through hard times. With the right mindset and some forward planning, you can come out the other end not only surviving, but thriving. Here are six top tips from a writer who has been there.

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8 Great Books to Celebrate Women's History Month All Year Round

8 Great Books to Celebrate Women's History Month All Year Round

March was Women's History Month, and we discovered some incredible reads. Check out these eight great fiction and non-fiction books to enjoy all year round.

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