ProWritingAid's Featured Writers for 2021

ProWritingAid's Featured Writers for 2021

There are all kinds of writers in the ProWritingAid community, all with very different writing styles. In this new series of blog posts, we’ll be featuring two ProWritingAid users each month to learn more about their writing processes and how ProWritingAid has helped them on their writing journey.

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How to Copy Edit at Sentence-Level: An Editor's Guide

How to Copy Edit at Sentence-Level: An Editor's Guide

In this guide from editor JoEllen Nordström, learn what techniques and online writing tools are essential during line and copy editing. Plus, discover essential self-editing techniques so you can develop your writing skills and craft as an author while saving time and money on professional editing services.

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MLA Format: Headings to Citations, the Full Guide

MLA Format: Headings to Citations, the Full Guide

MLA format is used to document sources and format papers in academic writing. In this article, we breakdown how to use MLA formatting in your paper.

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The Best YouTube Channels for Writers

The Best YouTube Channels for Writers

Have you discovered the AuthorTube world? Here are 13 of the best writing channels on YouTube.

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Second-Person Point of View: Guide and Examples

Second-Person Point of View: Guide and Examples

Second person point-of-view is the "you" perspective. Using 2nd person POV means you're talking to the reader directly. Discover how to use this writing style effectively.

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 What Is Figurative Language? How to Use It In Your Writing

What Is Figurative Language? How to Use It In Your Writing

What is figurative language? Figurative language means using literary devices, techniques, and figures of speech to heighten sensory response and add meaning, clarity, or impact to your writing. In this article, learn what figurative language is and see examples of how to use it in your work.

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Best Online Writing Courses for Fiction Authors

Best Online Writing Courses for Fiction Authors

There is a wealth of information out there about writing fiction and selling your books. How do you know which courses are worth your time and money? Check out our list of the eight best online courses for fiction writers.

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How to Write Great Characters

How to Write Great Characters

Character development is all about drawing readers' attention to the right details at the right time—and that's only the beginning! In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how voice, physical description, and backstory can bring your characters to life.

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Automating Mailchimp's Style Guide

Automating Mailchimp's Style Guide

Talk to anyone about great style guides and they'll doubtless refer you to Mailchimp's style guide. It's often described as the "ultimate style guide" or "the holy grail of style guides." At ProWritingAid, we thought automating the guide would be the perfect test of our style guide automation tool. How did our tool rise to the occasion? Read on to find out!

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The Fiction Writer's Camera: Techniques for Bringing Dynamism to your Prose

The Fiction Writer's Camera: Techniques for Bringing Dynamism to your Prose

Ever had one of those scenes in your novel that feels flat and lifeless no matter how many times you edit it? Try re-imagining the scene with your writer's camera. Use these simple techniques to put your readers right in the centre of the action.

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YA Fantasy Tropes That Aren't Overdone

YA Fantasy Tropes That Aren't Overdone

Young adult fiction. It's created some of our biggest cultural moments and yet in some circles it's still given a lesser status than other genres. One reason for this might be the idea of the trope. Let's take a look at four "overused" tropes and why they're not so bad after all.

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Audience Surrogate Technique: A Detailed Overview

Audience Surrogate Technique: A Detailed Overview

Audience surrogates are essential elements of many fictional works. Many stories naturally feature them, but if yours doesn't, consider using the tips in this article. They might help you add a surrogate of your own.

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How to use ProWritingAid's Style Report

How to use ProWritingAid's Style Report

The Style Report is one of the most popular and comprehensive reports that ProWritingAid offers. It highlights several areas of writing that should be revised to improve readability, including passive voice, overuse of adverbs, hidden verbs, overused words, clunky phrasing, repeated sentence starts, and more.

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Best Music for Writers

Best Music for Writers

Does music help you write? If so, you'll dig this article. We'll cover classical music, songs that match your project, movie soundtracks, nostalgic hits, and more.

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What is a cliché? Check out this list of examples.

What is a cliché? Check out this list of examples.

To cliché or not to cliché, that is the question. This comprehensive list of clichés will help you decide what to use or leave behind in your writing.

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