Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

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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How Writers Use ProWritingAid: ProWritingAid's Featured Writers Series, April 2021

How Writers Use ProWritingAid: ProWritingAid's Featured Writers Series, April 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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Mailchimp and ProWritingAid: Automating the Holy Grail of Style Guides

Mailchimp and ProWritingAid: Automating the Holy Grail of Style Guides

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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How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

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 Make Fiction Dynamic Using the Writer's Camera

How to Make Fiction Dynamic Using the Writer's Camera

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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In Defence of the Trope: How to Write Young Adult Fantasy Fiction Tropes Well

In Defence of the Trope: How to Write Young Adult Fantasy Fiction Tropes Well

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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How (and Why) to Create an Audience Surrogate in Your Fiction Writing

How (and Why) to Create an Audience Surrogate in Your Fiction Writing

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 the Writing Style Check

How to Use the Writing Style Check

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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Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing

Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing

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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The Internet's Best List of Clichés

The Internet's Best List of Clichés

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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How Taylor Swift Uses Rhetorical Devices

How Taylor Swift Uses Rhetorical Devices

Ever wondered what makes Taylor Swift's songs so popular? Sure, the music is incredible—but it's the rhetorical devices she uses that make her lyrics shine.

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How Does Your Writing Compare to J.R.R. Tolkien's?

How Does Your Writing Compare to J.R.R. Tolkien's?

Your writing is your own - but that doesn't mean you can't take inspiration from the greats. ProWritingAid's author comparisons feature allows you to select your favorite author and compare their writing to yours in terms of emotional tells, sentence length variety and more. See how your writing shapes up.

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To ‘to’ or not to ’too’: that is the question!

To ‘to’ or not to ’too’: that is the question!

Getting tripped up on the differences between “to” and “too” happens often. When do you use a single “o” and when do you use two? While this is one of the most common grammar mistakes, the rule is easy to master.

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7 Underappreciated Literary Devices to Liven Up Your Fiction

7 Underappreciated Literary Devices to Liven Up Your Fiction

The world of literary devices isn't limited to similes and metaphors. Here are seven lesser-known and underappreciated rhetorical tools to add to your wordsmith toolbox.

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How to Write an Effective Executive Summary

How to Write an Effective Executive Summary

An effective executive summary must be reader-centric and tell a compelling story. Follow our three-step guide to write an amazing executive summary. Plus, register for our in-depth training on how to write the perfect executive summary for your document.

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