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Writing App Reviews: Fictionary

by ProWritingAid Sep 17, 2018

Writing App Reviews: Fictionary

Fictionary is your story editor who makes sure you don’t have gaping plot holes and character snafus. ProWritingAid is your copyeditor who makes your manuscript shine.

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ProWritingAid and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

by Lisa Lepki Sep 17, 2018

ProWritingAid and Fictionary, the editing bundle you do not want to miss.

Fictionary works seamlessly with the ProWritingAid Chrome extension. Not only can you use both to improve your work at the same time, but there's a special offer on the Fictionary and ProWritingAid bundle: get both for just $99 until September 22nd.

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We're Crowdsourcing a Canadian Dictionary, Eh?

by Lisa Lepki Sep 13, 2018

We're Crowdsourcing a Canadian Dictionary, Eh?

If I had a loonie for every time a Canadian writer asked for this, I would have enough for a dozen double-doubles AND a box of timbits.

We think we have sorted out most of the Canadian spellings (color vs colour, etc.), but we don't want to stop there. We want the Canadian dictionary to include Canadian words and expressions. I've started a list below, but I need your help. Let's crowdsource this Canadian-style.

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Why a Good Cover Sells More Books

by Zara Altair Sep 11, 2018

Why a Good Cover Sells More Books

Your book cover is the prime marketing tool for your book. Learn the basic elements and how to use them to your advantage to grab readers’ interest.

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The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

by Kathy Edens Sep 11, 2018

The Best Fantasy Novels of All Time

What are the greatest fantasy novels of all time? Here's our list of the top 25.

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How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

by Kathy Edens Sep 11, 2018

How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

Is deus ex machina "Persona Non Grata" in fiction? Here's the case for when it works and when it doesn't.

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Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

by Kyle A. Massa Sep 11, 2018

Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

You can't use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. Likewise, you can't use a semicolon to introduce a list. Here's how to use your grammatical tools the right way.

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What are the 25 ProWritingAid Reports?

by ProWritingAid Sep 10, 2018

What are the 25 ProWritingAid Reports?

ProWritingAid analyzes your writing and presents its findings in 25 different reports. Each user will have their own writing strengths and weaknesses and so different reports will appeal to different people.

Remember, all the software can do is highlight potential pitfalls in your writing. It's up to you, the writer, to decide which suggestions work within your specific context, and which ones should be ignored.

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Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

by Kathy Edens Sep 10, 2018

Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

Are ideas finite? What do writers do when they run out? If you're stuck, these tips can help.

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7 Legal Tips for Writers

by Lucy Taylor Sep 06, 2018

7 Legal Tips for Writers

Plenty of writers make it through their entire careers without any legal troubles. But there are plenty out there who don’t. And while we tend to think of the big and the bad suits like defamation and copyright infringement, there are many kinds of legal trouble you can get into regarding your finances or contracts.

In this article, we review 7 tips to protect your career and keep things running smoothly.

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Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

by Justin Cox Sep 05, 2018

Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

On the surface, writing with numbers is a simple rule: write out numbers between zero and nine. However — as it is with all grammar — as you dig, the layers get complicated.

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What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

by Justin Cox Sep 05, 2018

What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

The filmmaking process is long and arduous. Yet each step helps shape and refine the film into a finished product. Here are the lessons all writers can glean from the world of filmmaking.

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Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

by Kathy Edens Sep 05, 2018

Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

Think of the different voices you use in daily life. You have a certain voice you use with the boss, another one with your partner, and a completely separate one you save for your mother.

How you say things in each different voice results from your background, your education level, where you live, your personality traits and quirks, and to whom you’re speaking. Learn how to harness these voices to create the characters in your book.

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Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

by Kathy Edens Sep 05, 2018

Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

Apostrophes are like weeds. Sometimes they crop up in the most unexpected places. How do you know when and where to use an apostrophe? In this article, we set the record straight.

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How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

by Jessica Curry Aug 30, 2018

How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

The secret to the plotting success of countless famous stories lies in the three-act structure, which effectively breaks a story into a beginning, middle, and an end. But the three-act structure is so much more than that: it gives your writing a framework that directs you while still giving you ample room for creativity and new ideas. In this article, we examine how to use the three-act story structure.

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Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

by Justin Cox Aug 28, 2018

Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

Parallel structure is a vital tool for all writers. When structure is parallel, the reader’s flow is uninterrupted. When structure is perpendicular, the reader is thrown off and the content weakened. Learn how to keep your structure straight.

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5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

by Kyle A. Massa Aug 28, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

"I don't like your protagonist." If this is what your readers say, consider these five tips.

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Improving Your Proofreading Skills

by Kyle A. Massa Aug 28, 2018

Improving Your Proofreading Skills

Proofreading getting you down? These tips will help ensure you never miss a thing.

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Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

by Kathy Edens Aug 28, 2018

Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

Exclamation points punctuate the end of a sentence meant to display admiration or express excitement, astonishment, or some other strong emotion. Some people go mad with their exclamation marks!!! (See what we did there?)

In this article, we discuss when, and when not, to use this pesky punctuation.

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Overcoming Your Fear: Just Write

by ProWritingAid Aug 28, 2018

Overcoming Your Fear: Just Write

Some writers become paralyzed by the blank page. They have a plot and subplot, characters’ voices, and amazing new worlds swirling in their heads. But when putting pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard), fear takes over and shuts them down. It's time to stop letting fear win.

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