Repeating Yourself is Redundant: or, A Pleonasm For Your Thoughts?

Repeating Yourself is Redundant: or, A Pleonasm For Your Thoughts?

Pleonasms are common in speech but should be avoided at all costs. Do you have what it takes to diagnose and eliminate them from your writing?

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Know Your Acronyms

Know Your Acronyms

While acronyms add a colloquial flair to writing, they are easy to misuse. If we’re not careful, improper usage will cause readers to cringe in pain.

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Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

Imagine a kindly, bespectacled woman with fresh, minty breath hovering over your shoulder as you pour words out on the screen. Her critical task is to help you make every word choice the best and to guide you to clearer, more concise sentences. She has your literary best interests at heart.

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7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

7 Things We Can Learn From Jerry Seinfeld About Writing

Legendary writing advice from a legendary comedian. Jerry Seinfeld has a lot to teach writers of all genres.

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Does Your Writing Need a Paramedic?

Does Your Writing Need a Paramedic?

The Paramedic Method aims to help writers learn to write more concisely, persuasively and actively. Dr. Marlene Caroselli outlines the method and sets three writing challenges. Does the Paramedic Method help you breathe life back into dead sentences? Have a go and let us know what you think!

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Writing Characters: Digging Beyond Life

Writing Characters: Digging Beyond Life

Start with a real-life person—yourself. Plumb all your deep, dark places and put yourself in the shoes of your main character. You are a well of inspiration. Make this your jumping-off point to create truly believable characters.

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Spice Up Your Writing

Spice Up Your Writing

Variety, as we all know, is the spice of life. It’s also the spice of good writing. There’s an easy way to find out if your sentences have variety. Take a paragraph you’ve written—one of eight or so sentences. Then, write down the first word in each sentence. Next, identify the part of speech for each word. If most of your sentences begin with the same part of speech, you don’t have variety. It’s as simple as that.

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How to Improve Your Style with ProWritingAid's Writing Style Report

How to Improve Your Style with ProWritingAid's Writing Style Report

Do you know all the ways to edit your work for better readability and a clearer writing style? ProWritingAid's Writing Style Report checks for a multitude of improvements you can make to strengthen and clarify your writing. Let’s look deeper at this most popular and comprehensive report.

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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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Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: What Every Character Needs

Belief, Emotional Involvement, Clarity: What Every Character Needs

We’re continuing our monthly installment series on creating amazing characters using Orson Scott Card’s seminal book, Elements of Fiction Writing: Characters & Viewpoint. This month, we cover the three elements every characters needs and why you must deliver.

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