From Draft to Done: A Full Breakdown of the Writing Process

From Draft to Done: A Full Breakdown of the Writing Process

From first draft to last edits, the writing process is a long and complicated journey. If you're getting started with your first big story project, find out what to expect with our complete guide to the five stages of writing.

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How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.

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Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

When writers begin things in the middle, they plunge the reader into things that are already happening. No intro. No backstory. No weather description. Action is happening, and the reader is right there. Find out how to use _in medias res_ to capture your readers' attention.

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How to Write a Novel in a Year: Tips from Fantasy Writer Oz Mari G.

How to Write a Novel in a Year: Tips from Fantasy Writer Oz Mari G.

There are all kinds of writers in the ProWritingAid community, all with very different writing styles. Fantasy author Oz Mari G. shares how ProWritingAid helped her get through three rounds of rewrites before she published her first novel.

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ProWritingAid Presents: Self-Editing School with JoEllen Nordström

ProWritingAid Presents: Self-Editing School with JoEllen Nordström

We've teamed up with Story Coach and founder of First Editing JoEllen Nordström for Self-Editing School. On the third Thursday of every month, you’re invited to join us as we learn how use self-editing to take a manuscript from a rough first draft to a polished piece ready to send to editors.

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How to Outline Your Novel With Scrivener's Outliner and Corkboard

How to Outline Your Novel With Scrivener's Outliner and Corkboard

Scrivener’s Outliner and Corkboard both allow you to view the whole of your project at a glance—creating, cutting, and organizing new chapters and scenes with ease. To make the most of each option, let’s explore Outliner and Corkboard modes together.

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ProWritingAid's Monthly Write In: Join Our Writing Community

ProWritingAid's Monthly Write In: Join Our Writing Community

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, we gather for the ProWritingAid Write-In. You're invited to join us as we work through short writing prompts and share together for feedback, focussing on a different area of the writing process each month. Whether you work on pieces of your ongoing writing project, or come up with new concepts and ideas for every prompt, every writer is welcome.

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How to Self-Edit Your Novel to Improve Readability

How to Self-Edit Your Novel to Improve Readability

Find out how to strengthen the readability of your novel through self-editing by reviewing the 38 Story Elements covered in this article. Professional Editor JoeEllen Nordström helps you tackle the three main categories of plot, character, and setting. By ensuring you use and vary each of these three primary story elements accurately, you can create a powerful story which keeps your readers returning and again

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Outline Your Book Series to Sell More Books and Keep Readers Buying

Outline Your Book Series to Sell More Books and Keep Readers Buying

Learn how to plan your book series from overall theme to individual books. Follow these top tips for success.

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What Should I Read Next? Check Out the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

What Should I Read Next? Check Out the Best Books of All Time in Each Genre

The best way to learn about great writing is to read great books. Writers need to read differently from other people. They can't just sit back and let the story wash over them. They need to be studying the work of their favorite authors and constantly asking themselves questions. Here are some great books to get those creative juices flowing.

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Why a Bad Ending Can Ruin a Great Story

Why a Bad Ending Can Ruin a Great Story

A great story can be ruined by a bad ending. There are simple rules to follow that can help you avoid that from happening. Save your ending and keep your readers!

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Our Favorite Black Friday Offers for Writers in 2020

Our Favorite Black Friday Offers for Writers in 2020

As we head into Black Friday and Cyber Monday for 2020, there are some great deals on courses, software, and books for writers. We think there will be something on this list that will help you become a better, more successful writer. We’ll continue scouring the internet for deals this week, but if you come across any others, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

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How to Use Allusion Effectively

How to Use Allusion Effectively

What is allusion and how can it help your writing? We'll show you!

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How to Write a Logline: The Complete Guide

How to Write a Logline: The Complete Guide

The logline is not your story; but it is the narrative essence of your story that conveys the high concept, the tone, and core emotion of your premise, and does all this in one short sentence (or two).

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Creating an Anti-Hero Like Homer Simpson

Creating an Anti-Hero Like Homer Simpson

Homer Simpson has only one focus in this world: himself. He has some pretty unlikable characteristics, I'm sure everyone can agree. Why do we love to hate Homer and hate to love him so much? Because he's a well-done anti-hero, that's why.

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