Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo: Planners vs. Pants-ers

Getting Ready for NaNoWriMo: Planners vs. Pants-ers

I set out on a quest to find if this world has more planners or pants-ers. Alas, there is no definitive answer, at least on the internet. I did, however, determine that most writing instructors ask their students who is a planner and who is a pants-er. This informal poll-taking reports about 50/50. So, whether you're a planner or a pants-er, you're in good company. How do we know? Here are some famous authors who plan and those who fly by the seat of their pants.

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Why Content Writers Should Publish on Medium

Why Content Writers Should Publish on Medium

Medium levels the playing field for writers. It gives a voice to individuals who have something interesting or important to say. Even if you don't have thousands of followers or your own popular blog, you can still get promoted to the masses. Medium rewards content on quality, not on who or how famous the author is. And the reward for content writers is amplification: thousands of people viewing, reading, and reacting to their articles.

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Writing App Reviews: A Comparison of the Best

Writing App Reviews: A Comparison of the Best

Here at ProWritingAid, we're geekily interested in writing tech, almost obsessively. And in honor of the upcoming NaNoWriMo, we thought we'd do a roundup of the apps we've reviewed over the years. Links to our full reviews are throughout.

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How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Writing

How to Use Social Media to Promote Your Writing

It may surprise some writers to hear that writing is often the easiest part of their journey. Surely the blood, sweat and tears that you poured into your writing was anything but easy! But, if no one reads your words, you might as well have not written it at all. Making sure that your work reaches as many readers as possible can sometimes be the most difficult part of the writing process! In the modern age, what you need is an effective and comprehensive social media campaign. But don't panic! Here are a few actionable ways to make social media work for you when it comes to promoting your writing.

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8 Ways to Kick Out of Your Creative Comfort Zone

8 Ways to Kick Out of Your Creative Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are cozy, but they hardly ever lead to success or self-improvement. This is particularly true with creative jobs such as writing. Getting out of your comfort zone increases your chances of achieving positive results. The experience of altering your habitual pace of life multiplies points of view in your writing and brings novel ideas, forms and styles. Stuck with a lack of fresh approaches? Become that risk-taker! Bring new blood into your art! Break your routine with the following steps on the way to the perfect text.

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Writing App Reviews… Beemgee

Writing App Reviews… Beemgee

Everyone at ProWritingAid loves tech that helps us write better, faster, easier, etc. It's one reasons we get up every morning. When we stumbled across Beemgee and their amazing writing tool, we asked Kathy Edens to check it out for us. Let's take a closer look at the Beemgee novel outlining and storytelling tool to see how it can help you develop compelling characters and an engaging plot.

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Why You Need to Master Storytelling to Become a Great Copywriter

Why You Need to Master Storytelling to Become a Great Copywriter

Good stories move people to action. They create sympathy, which opens up wallets for donations. Or a good story can start a revolution. At the least, a good story is memorable and influences your readers enough to sell. Just like a great fiction story, when you use a story in your content, you're actually putting your reader in the driver's seat so they can envision themselves having/using your product or service.

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5 Great Career Options for Writers

5 Great Career Options for Writers

If you’ve perfected your writing skills, you can get yourself a number of employment and freelancing opportunities. The three communication skills - reading, writing and speaking - are the basic fundamentals needed to succeed in life. Therefore, writers have unlimited options that they can exploit career wise.

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How Analyzing Your Blog Content Can Boost Your Writing

How Analyzing Your Blog Content Can Boost Your Writing

How often are you checking your contents’ and your blogs’ analytics? And I’m not talking about your general traffic numbers, but a really in-depth look at your numbers. One of the biggest reasons why any blogger should do this regularly, is because it can of huge help for improving their own content. And in this blog post, I want to show you exactly how to use analytics to improve your blog content success.

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Plot of Gold 30-day Challenge

Plot of Gold 30-day Challenge

Are you ready to create a strong, thorough outline for your novel? Brilliant! From September to November this year, ProWritingAid will be paying for its community to have **FREE access for 30 days** to Beemgee's world-class novel-outlining software. Whether you are preparing for NaNoWriMo or just ready to finally write that book, this 30-day challenge is crucial for getting you to the finish line.

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7 Tools to Promote Your Content and Grow Your Audience

7 Tools to Promote Your Content and Grow Your Audience

An essential part of any content creator’s work is content promotion. You need to get your content seen by the people who want to read it, share it and comment on it. You need to keep expanding your audience and developing content with them in mind.

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How to Generate Infinite Ideas for Your Content/Blog

How to Generate Infinite Ideas for Your Content/Blog

You probably have more ideas than you know, but when sitting in front of a blank screen, your mind is just as blank. How do those prolific bloggers and content marketers keep the fresh ideas rolling? Ideas do come to you. But you're not recording them fast enough. The best writers have trained themselves to capture ideas before they're a mere wisp floating away, never to be seen or heard from again.

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7 Writing Opportunities You May Have Overlooked

7 Writing Opportunities You May Have Overlooked

You can be a writer without being a starving artist. In fact, plenty of writers make a healthy living from their craft. Some even crest six figures. If writing a best-selling novel is your secret (or not-so-secret) hope or your favorite fantasy is about being invited to read your poetry at esteemed universities, you can fund those dreams using what you already know and love… writing.

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Blogging Analytics: What You Need to Know

Blogging Analytics: What You Need to Know

Whether you write for yourself or you're a hired gun, you need to answer a basic question: is your blog successful? The only way to determine success is to measure your blog's results, and to do that you need Google Analytics. Since there are dozens or more posts out there on how to use Google Analytics, let's focus on what exactly you need to measure to determine how successful your blog is. Let's face it, you could spend a month analyzing the various metrics from Google, but you really only need a few. We will peel back the many layers and show you the 6 key blogging analytics you need to track.

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Using an Editing Tool Does Not Make You a Lazy Writer

Using an Editing Tool Does Not Make You a Lazy Writer

Do you always check your work for repeated or overused words or phrases? I know I don't. Sometimes I can be so close to my writing that I don't notice when I've used a certain word too many times in the space of 3 or so paragraphs. In my mind, it sounds natural.

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