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To vs. Too vs. Two

by Hayley Milliman Apr 20, 2018

To vs. Too vs. Two

To, too, two. We teach you how to decide which of these pesky little words to use in specific situations.

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Than vs. Then

by Hayley Milliman Apr 20, 2018

Than vs. Then

"Then" and "than" are two pesky words that sound alike but have very different meanings. We explore when to use each term.

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5 Creative Ways to Find Your First Client

by Hayley Milliman Apr 18, 2018

5 Creative Ways to Find Your First Client

Struggling to find your first blogging or copywriting client? You're not alone. If you're feeling discouraged, check out these five tips for creative, outside-the-box ways to land new business.

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Writing App Reviews: Novlr

by ProWritingAid Apr 18, 2018

Writing App Reviews: Novlr

At ProWritingAid, we're all about technology that helps you write better. Novlr is an online writing app that helps you capture your thoughts simply and clearly in a clean, straightforward interface. In this article, writer Kathy Edens takes Novlr for a whirl, examining all of its features.

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Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

by Kathy Edens Apr 18, 2018

Our Favorite Facebook Groups for Writers

Back in 2017, we listed our favorite Facebook groups and tons of readers wrote in sharing amazing groups that hadn't made the cut. So, for 2018, we're adding more great Facebook groups to our list.

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Flash Sale! Get one of 99 ProWritingAid Premium Lifetime Licenses for just $99

by ProWritingAid Apr 17, 2018

Flash Sale! Get one of 99 ProWritingAid Premium Lifetime Licenses for just $99

To celebrate the arrival of spring, we are offering a limited number of ProWritingAid Premium licenses for this special price.

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Today Only! Free Scrivener Masterclass for ProWritingAid Users

by Lisa Lepki Apr 17, 2018

Today Only! Free Scrivener Masterclass for ProWritingAid Users

Joseph Michael, aka the Scrivener Coach, has agreed to host a one-time-only masterclass on Wednesday, April 18th. At this unique event, you'll learn how to get Scrivener to do exactly what you want and accelerate your writing career!

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How to Hire a Virtual Assistant to Manage Your Blog

by Daniel Ross Apr 16, 2018

How to Hire a Virtual Assistant to Manage Your Blog

Creating and managing a high quality blog is incredibly time-consuming. If you're a busy entrepreneur, a virtual assistant can help manage your blog, freeing you up to focus your efforts in other areas.

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Avoid Story Stagnation

by Dawn Field Apr 06, 2018

Avoid Story Stagnation

Have you ever read a story where you wished the author would just hurry up and get on with it? That phenomenon is called story stagnation. Here we examine how to avoid it.

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How to Get Clients When You Don't Have a Portfolio

by Kathy Edens Apr 06, 2018

How to Get Clients When You Don't Have a Portfolio

Many new writers get stuck in a vicious loop: they can't get new clients because they don't have a portfolio and they don't have a portfolio because they can't get clients. Here are four ways to get clients when you don't have a lot of experience.

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Which One of These 5 Deadly Self-Talk Lines Is Killing Your Writing Business?

by Qhubekani Nyathi Apr 06, 2018

Which One of These 5 Deadly Self-Talk Lines Is Killing Your Writing Business?

What's holding you back from achieving the writing career of your dreams? It just may be yourself.

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How to Make Life's Hard Decisions

by Kathy Edens Apr 02, 2018

How to Make Life's Hard Decisions

How do you make life's hardest decisions? These five questions will help you make tough choices.

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The Essential Reading List: Horror

by Kathy Edens Apr 02, 2018

The Essential Reading List: Horror

This April, we're sharing 30 horror stories everyone should devour. See which tales set readers' spines tingling, followed by our own top picks.

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How to Improve Your Vocabulary With ProWritingAid

by Charu Babbar Apr 02, 2018

How to Improve Your Vocabulary With ProWritingAid

Developing a strong vocabulary is an extremely important part of becoming a good writer. ProWritingAid can help you establish a robust vocabulary.

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How Not to Write a Sales Letter

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

How Not to Write a Sales Letter

Sales letters are excellent tools for companies to generate leads. Whether you’re strictly online only or a brick-and-mortar business, both snail mail sales letters and emails can drum up hot leads that you can convert into sales. But—and this is big—only if you get it right.

Copywriters and content marketers should hone their sales letter skills. At some point, a client may ask you to write a bona fide sales letter, prospecting email, or a landing page. They all need certain elements to convert.

There are plenty of "experts" out there who spout off how best to write a sales letter. Let’s focus on what not to do when writing your sales letter so you can avoid these common pitfalls.

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Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

Let’s take a look at the four types of stories that Orson Scott Card says comprises every novel. He uses the acronym "MICE", which stands for milieu, idea, character, event.

Within this framework, Card argues something deeply contoversial: not all novels require in-depth characterization.

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Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

Imagine a kindly, bespectacled woman with fresh, minty breath hovering over your shoulder as you pour words out on the screen. Her critical task is to help you make every word choice the best and to guide you to clearer, more concise sentences. She has your literary best interests at heart.

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Using Adverbs: An Easy Guide

by Kathy Edens Mar 28, 2018

Using Adverbs: An Easy Guide

Here’s the truth about adverbs. They aren’t inherently good or bad: it’s all in how you use them. Let’s unpack when you should—and shouldn’t—use adverbs.

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The Little-Known Secret to a Successful Freelance Business

by Abidemi Sanusi Mar 26, 2018

The Little-Known Secret to a Successful Freelance Business

The truth is, it’s possible to ‘win’; to have a profitable writing business. You just need one thing. Yes, just the one.

Can you guess what that thing is?

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7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

by Justin Cox Mar 26, 2018

7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

Legendary writing advice from a legendary comedian. Jerry Seinfeld has a lot to teach writers of all genres.

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