Check out all the new features in the latest version of our ProWritingAid MS Word Add-in.

Check out all the new features in the latest version of our ProWritingAid MS Word Add-in.

At ProWritingAid, we’ve been working hard over the last few months to improve our MS Word add-in. We’re excited to announce that you can now try out the new features!

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Ways to Improve Your Focus as a Writer

Ways to Improve Your Focus as a Writer

Distractions can be a problem for any writer. Fortunately, there are strategies and apps that can make it a little easier for you to focus. Here are a handful of ways to fight distractions and get the words on the page.

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How to Support Your Local Bookstore This Holiday Season

How to Support Your Local Bookstore This Holiday Season

As you finalize your gift lists this holiday season, consider shopping at a local bookstore.

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How to Write an Outstanding College Essay

How to Write an Outstanding College Essay

Want an A+ on your next college essay? We'll help you earn it with these tips.

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You're not finished editing until you have run these three writing reports!

You're not finished editing until you have run these three writing reports!

These three ProWritingAid reports will help you do swift and snappy edit when you are down to the wire.

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Greatest MasterClass Courses for Writers

Greatest MasterClass Courses for Writers

We recently took a deep dive into MasterClass’ offerings to find the best courses for writers. Here are our nine favorites.

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5 Ways to Use Artificial Technology in the Classroom

5 Ways to Use Artificial Technology in the Classroom

Being a teacher is hard. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to use artificial intelligence to make your life and work as a teacher much easier. In this article, we examine five ways to use technology in the classroom.

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Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

As a writer, I’d heard about Scrivener from many of my peers, but for whatever reason (pure obstinance, probably), I stuck with my old word processing program. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I finally acquiesced and purchased Scrivener. I haven’t looked back! If you’ve ever set up a binder to try to organize the various plans and ideas for your novel—or even just articles—you probably had sections to hold your character sketches, setting ideas, plot outline, and research. You may have had separate sections to contain each of your scenes and chapters. You might even have had a section that contained nothing but pictures clipped from magazines that sparked your imagination.

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When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

Use ProWritingAid's Word Explorer to look at any word 14 different ways. Yes, it's true. Here's the list of ways you can check out any given word: - Dictionary - Reverse Dictionary (this shows you words with your given word in their definition) - Thesaurus - Lists (lists of dated terms, ironic terms, often used terms) - Alliteration (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs with the same letter or sound at the beginning or adjacent to your given word) - Clichés (to help you avoid them) - Spelling (good to know if you write frequently in American, British, and Australian English) - Rhymes - Pronunciation - Collocations (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs that come before or after your given word) - Common Phrases (2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-word phrases using your given word) - Commonly Possessed By (words that can own your given word) - Anagrams (in case you need help) - Examples (From books and quotes using your given word)

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4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

4 Ways an App Can Make You a Better Writer (Yes, Really!)

One of the biggest problems that creative people face is how to take their imagined ideas and communicate them clearly and effectively in writing. I dread to think how many incredible adventures, concepts, and viewpoints are locked up in the brains of people who struggle with the technical elements of writing. The part of the brain that we use for imaginative thinking is quite different from the part that actually crafts the sentences. And the quickest way to lose a reader’s confidence—even if your ideas are water-tight—is to present them with clumsy, awkward, error-filled writing.

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How to Use ProWritingAid with GoogleDocs

How to Use ProWritingAid with GoogleDocs

It's easy to get up and running on Google Docs with ProWritingAid. Get full access to ProWritingAid's turbo powered grammar checker!

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Download Our Free Teacher's Manual Today

Download Our Free Teacher's Manual Today

In this guide, we’ll cover what ProWritingAid is and how you can use it in your classroom to build your students’ skills. You’ll find an overview of the ProWritingAid reports with instructions on how to use them in the classroom, as well as sample exercises that you can use with your students. In the appendix, there’s a worksheet students can use to track their changes during editing, which will help them learn how to improve their writing.

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10 Free Writing Apps and Tools

10 Free Writing Apps and Tools

There are tons of free writing apps and tools that you can use to improve your writing. Here are ten of our favorites.

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Now, You Can Accept/Ignore a Suggestion and Automatically Jump to the Next

Now, You Can Accept/Ignore a Suggestion and Automatically Jump to the Next

We've just made an exciting new development to our grammar checking software: the accept and move on function.

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Why Most Business Writing Stinks, and How You Can Fix it

Why Most Business Writing Stinks, and How You Can Fix it

Business writing is such an fascinating application of writing. It’s very pragmatic. Strong business writing can propel both careers and businesses. It’s the channel that transmits nearly all business work and insight and interaction. It flows up, down, laterally, internally, and externally to customers. It’s the foundation of business. Why then, is it so bad? Business writing is notorious for bloated, business-speak nonsense. Despite its off-putting name, I highly recommend the book Why Business People Speak Like Idiots. It was originally published in 2005, yet it sadly still captures the epidemic of business-speak so well.

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