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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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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The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

The Perfect Grammar Cheat Sheet [infographic]

This infographic provides a compact visual guide to common mistakes that writers make. Banish these grammar errors for tighter, clearer writing.

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George R.R. Martin and the Art of the Shocking Twist

George R.R. Martin and the Art of the Shocking Twist

George R.R. Martin's Red Wedding is perhaps one of the most unexpected and visceral moments in commercial literature history. Here's why it worked so well, and how you can put similar moments into your work.

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How to Use Readability Scores

How to Use Readability Scores

Your ProWritingAid Summary Report will provide you with a variety of readability scores that have been calculated using some of the top tools out there. Here's how to use the scores to improve your work.

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3 Golden Rules of Stealing for Aspiring Writers

3 Golden Rules of Stealing for Aspiring Writers

Stealing is wrong, isn't it? But maybe you didn't realize that most successful writers steal when they start out. This is how they developed their voice – and how you can, too.

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Book Review: "The Irresistible Novel" by Jeff Gerke

Book Review: "The Irresistible Novel" by Jeff Gerke

"The Irresistible Novel: How to Craft an Extraordinary Story That Engages Readers from Start to Finish" by Jeff Gerke will change the way you look at writing rules. Check out our book review.

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The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won't Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!)

The Drafts Your Novel Needs (and Why You Probably Won't Use a Single Word of Your First Draft!)

Are you drowning in drafts? In this article, find out how to assign an objective to each draft, how to prepare for that draft and the techniques to use when actually writing it. Read this guide to making each draft count, with projected timescales and a bullet point summary of each stage.

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Infographic: 13 Grammar Mistakes Beautiful People Don't Make

Infographic: 13 Grammar Mistakes Beautiful People Don't Make

With social media and messaging apps being used daily, grammar and writing skills have taken a back seat. These errors are transferring into resumes, emails, articles and anything you could possibly imagine. However,considering that what you write is a direct reflection on you, you do not want to come across as lazy, unintelligent or even worse, unattractive. The question is: How can you avoid making grammar mistakes that you don’t know you’re making in the first place?

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How to Use a Professional Tone in Business Writing

How to Use a Professional Tone in Business Writing

Your word choice determines how your writing is interpreted. Use ProWritingAid to enhance your business writing style and write clearly and concisely.

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How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript Like a Pro

How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript Like a Pro

You wrote a novel! Well done. Reaching the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month is an impressive feat. What's next? The technical writing edit. Find out what to look for in your writing while editing.

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How to Use More Vivid Verbs

How to Use More Vivid Verbs

Bland verbs make for mundane stories. Some might be permissible or even necessary. But too many boring verbs pull the life out of even the liveliest writing. So what are some ways to use more vivid verbs? Let’s discuss.

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Famous Planners and Pansters We'll Be Inspired By This NaNoWriMo

Famous Planners and Pansters We'll Be Inspired By This NaNoWriMo

Whether you're a planner or a pants-er, you're in good company. For every successful novelist out there, there's a different way of approaching writing a novel - and they all think their's is the right way. Find out which bestselling authors plan their novels down to the chapter and which fly by the seat of their proverbial pants.

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The Top 5 Horror Techniques of "Hereditary"

The Top 5 Horror Techniques of "Hereditary"

Hereditary is a masterwork of horror, both visually and in terms of writing. Here are five writing techniques that make it especially chilling.

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