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How to Break the Rules of Fiction

by Kathy Edens Dec 13, 2017

How to Break the Rules of Fiction

Have you noticed how many rules you must follow when writing your novel? Some of them, like having a strong beginning, engaging middle, and exciting conclusion, are good advice. Then other rules, like how to format your novel for submission and checking submission guidelines first, are pretty strict. Finally, there are rules meant to be broken.

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How Non-Chronological Writing Can Create Character Empathy

by Kathy Edens Dec 12, 2017

How Non-Chronological Writing Can Create Character Empathy

Shifting back and forth in time creates suspense. Your readers can unravel the past and understand the ramifications in the present a little at a time. It creates a tension that makes your books hard to put down.

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4 Writing Issues You are Probably Missing When You Self-Edit

by Elle W. Silver Dec 12, 2017

4 Writing Issues You are Probably Missing When You Self-Edit

Having a relationship with an editor you can trust, one who is flexible enough to work around your tight schedule is one way to do it. But even then, you need to ensure the that your editor is spending most of her time on the meat of your story like plot and character development, and less time on the technical stuff like sentence construction and word choice. Ideally, you want your text to be as tight as possible BEFORE you send it to your editor.

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by ProWritingAid Dec 07, 2017

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

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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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Becoming a Freelance Writer Can Be Easier Than You Think

by Noemi Twigg Dec 07, 2017

Becoming a Freelance Writer Can Be Easier Than You Think

A freelance writing career offers some of the greatest freedom of any job. You can do it anywhere, on a schedule that works for you.

For some people, however, the idea of not having a stable source of income holds them back. As much as they want to become a full-time freelance writer and enjoy all its benefits, the thought of not receiving a paycheck on a regular basis is too much.

Are you one of them? Do you have that fear? Is it holding you back from becoming a full-time freelance writer?

If so, then here's a little pep talk for you.

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Exclamation Points Don’t Have to be Useless!

by Benjamin More Dec 07, 2017

Exclamation Points Don’t Have to be Useless!

Cursed exclamation points! What purpose do they serve in modern literature? They’re still taught as basic punctuation, but their existence is frowned upon. Last I heard, no more than two should be used in an entire novel. Two? That’s it? Even for thrillers and horror?! This topic outrages me to the point of using them after every sentence, even the questions.

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The Myth of One and Done: Why you need to edit multiple times

by Kate Sullivan Dec 07, 2017

The Myth of One and Done: Why you need to edit multiple times

A finished manuscript is not a polished manuscript, and editors, agents, and readers want a polished manuscript—a finished product that lives up to the quality standards we’ve come to expect.

Whether you’re writing fiction, nonfiction, a blog post, a magazine article, or any other piece of professional writing, you need to edit your work.

And you need to edit it multiple times!

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5 Principles of a Perfect Instagram Caption to Boost Sales

by Hugh Beaulac Dec 07, 2017

5 Principles of a Perfect Instagram Caption to Boost Sales

While Facebook is the most popular social network, the Instagram community has grown to 700 million users. As such, more and more writers are adding Instagram posts to their portfolio. Whether you are trying to promote your book, build your profile, boost sales for your product, or sell some kind of service, there's a one-size-fits-all method to write a perfect Instagram caption.

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Fixing First Draft Problems: 6 questions to ask

by Bridget McNulty Dec 07, 2017

Fixing First Draft Problems: 6 questions to ask

Learning how to write a book is a many-stepped process – finding a story idea you love, outlining, drafting, rewriting and editing. Although you will encounter challenges during your first draft, asking good questions and acting on your answers will help you keep focused and finish:

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Should you be using Quora to promote your blog and your writing?

by Lilach Bullock Dec 01, 2017

Should you be using Quora to promote your blog and your writing?

Quora is, arguably, the biggest question & answer website in the world. Bloggers, marketers, and social influencers have all taken notice and are using the popular platform to promote their content, as well as themselves. In this blog post, I want to show you how you can use Quora to promote your blog and your writing.

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How Stieg Larsson Kept his Readers Turning Pages

by Kathy Edens Nov 28, 2017

How Stieg Larsson Kept his Readers Turning Pages

You need to crank up your story's tension and conflict in every chapter. Let's look at a few techniques to help sustain the drama you've created and keep pages turning at each chapter ending.

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Don’t be Afraid to Spend a Little Money Investing in Your Writing

by Richard Bertin Nov 26, 2017

Don’t be Afraid to Spend a Little Money Investing in Your Writing

If you are an aspiring writer, chances are you’ve read the same advice from countless productivity blogs on how to become a better writer such as keeping a journal, writing each day, and minimizing distractions. However, there’s one piece of advice I’ve yet to hear and I think is very helpful to embrace: don’t fear investing money into your writing.

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Don’t Go Alone! Take a Cowriter

by Jessie Smith Nov 25, 2017

Don’t Go Alone! Take a Cowriter

I have known my cowriter for six years. It’s a long story full of coincidences and serendipity, but it completely changed my writing process. I rely on her in so many ways.

We both wrote on an anonymous writing website where we worked on stories under pseudonyms. My cowriter and I met in the typical way: she reviewed my chapter, and out of common courtesy, I reviewed hers in return. We liked each other’s work, so we continued to follow and review, and we eventually started private messaging. Even then, we mostly talked about our writing, but over time, we started getting to know each other beyond our pseudonyms.

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Counterintuitive Advice for Engaging Your Target Audience

by Kathy Edens Nov 22, 2017

Counterintuitive Advice for Engaging Your Target Audience

Not everything about audience building is as cut and dried as the experts would like you to believe. In fact, here's decidedly counterintuitive advice for engaging your target audience.

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Why You Don't Need an Author Platform to Publish Your Book

by Kathy Edens Nov 20, 2017

Why You Don't Need an Author Platform to Publish Your Book

Having an author platform will get you nowhere if you don't have an actual book to promote.

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8 Truths of Blogging You Didn't Know

by Kathy Edens Nov 18, 2017

8 Truths of Blogging You Didn't Know

What do all bloggers have in common? Here are the truths of blogging that you don't hear about, but you experience in short order.

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The 10 Writing Quotes that Shape My Writing Process

by Ravi Rajan Nov 08, 2017

The 10 Writing Quotes that Shape My Writing Process

“Writing is the socially acceptable way of getting naked in public. And in writing, getting naked is all about shedding your inhibitions, learning from self, learning from the greats and chartering a path along the road less traveled.”

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The Newbie SEO Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Boosting Your New Blog Up Google's Rankings

by Peter Ellington Nov 08, 2017

The Newbie SEO Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide to Boosting Your New Blog Up Google's Rankings

When building your blog, Google shouldn't be an afterthought – it should be one of your biggest priorities. We're going to look at a few tips and techniques that could help boost your new blog up Google's rankings.

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How to Successfully Bring Your Blog Back to Life after a Long Break

by David Koller Nov 08, 2017

How to Successfully Bring Your Blog Back to Life after a Long Break

It's not unusual for bloggers to get distracted with something else and leave their blog unattended for a while. And when they finally find the time or inspiration to continue with it, they encounter issues like outdated topics, fewer subscribers than before and someone else's blog stealing all their glory.

Sound familiar? You may see these situations as the end of the world, but the truth is that things are not that drastic. With just a little extra effort, you'll have your blog up and running again in no time, maybe even turn it into something more successful than it was.

Here are some hints on how to do it.

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