If you want to set yourself up for writing success—which in this context means more polished pieces and fewer fragments—make time to latch onto an idea and write the heck out of it NOW.
Varied sentence length is an important feature of good writing. To maintain your readers’ interest, use a variety of sentence lengths: some short and punchy, others long and ﬂowing. The late Gary Provost illustrated it best. Click through to see how.
An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the first letters of a string of words pronounced as its own word. For example, consider the acronym NASA. You know how it’s pronounced as a separate word, but it comprises the first letters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Today, many people communicate in acronyms and abbreviations. You may have seen some of these, especially in social media.
A sticky sentence is one that is full of glue words. Glue words are the empty space that readers need to get through before they can get to your ideas. If your sentences contain more than 45% glue words, they should probably be re-written to increase clarity. Here's how and why.
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.
When you are writing in creative mode, you often rely on pronouns to keep your narrative moving: “He did this,” “She did that,” “They ran there,” “I found out.” That’s fine. It’s more important to keep your writing momentum up than it is to get every sentence just right. When you go back and edit, however, you should check your pronoun percentage. Ideally it should fall somewhere between 4% and 15%. Any more than this and your writing can feel dull. This is especially so with initial pronouns – those at the start of the sentence. Your initial pronoun percentage should be under 30%.
The Grammar Check is similar to the grammar and spelling checkers that you have probably used in within your word processor. It highlights any word that’s not in our dictionary in case it’s misspelled. It also looks at the construction of the sentence to make sure that the structure, punctuation and tense are correct. But, in addition to these standard grammar checks, our team of copyeditors have been inputting thousands of specific checks that they have come across in their years of editing. Our goal over the next couple of years is to have a simple explanation associated with every grammar issue that the software picks up.
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Repeating a word or phrase happens to the best of us, especially if you’re writing an article and using a specific vocabulary for your topic. You won’t even notice you’ve used the same word several times in the span of one paragraph because it’s foremost in your mind. But those repeats can set off an echo in the reader’s mind – that subconscious feeling of “Didn’t he just say that?” It can be irritating to read and, worse, it can detract from what you are trying to say. The more uncommon a word or phrase, the more likely it is to echo, even pages apart.
We've just made an exciting new development to our grammar checking software: the accept and move on function.
Wouldn’t it be great to compare how you’ve structured your sentences to experts in your field? You can do that with ProWritingAid’s Sentence Structure Check.
An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words with contradictory meanings are placed side-by-side. Here's a list of 25 of our favorites.
Want to edit the words in your ProWritingAid dictionary? Now you can! We'll show you how it works, where you can do it, and why it's a feature everyone's excited about.
Often, changing just one word in a sentence allows a writer to present a more nuanced or specific idea. The contextual thesaurus allows you to explore a wider vocabulary. Unlike most thesaurus suggestions, our report takes into account the context of the word in the sentence and offers replacement words that fit within that context. The Thesaurus Report helps you expand your vocabulary and enrich your writing.
The Consistency Check checks your writing for consistency in four key areas: 1) Spelling, 2) Hyphenation, 3) Capitalisation, and 4) Punctuation.