Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

Verbs like "know," "remember," and "imagine" are thought verbs that happen inside a character’s head. They slow the story down. Learn how to replace them with action and detail.

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Are You Ready to Draft Your Story Arc?

Are You Ready to Draft Your Story Arc?

Last month, we focused our articles on how to begin writing your novel in 2016, and we mentioned story arc in the article Start With Your Idea. In this month’s article, we’re going to delve a little deeper into creating your story arc. The story arc (or sometimes called the narrative arc) is a more poetic way of saying that each story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end—or Act One, Act Two, and Act Three. This has been the guiding template of stories since the ancient Greeks started writing them, and holds true whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction. Where authors fall apart in their story arc is that nothing much happens to the main character by the end of the book. He hasn’t been tested in some profound way.

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How to Use Satire like Mark Twain

How to Use Satire like Mark Twain

Writers who use satire to get their point across do so by wielding humor, wit, irony, or sarcasm. They expose an individual or society for its weaknesses, corruption, hypocrisy, or foolishness. And no one does it better than Mark Twain.

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How to Work with an Editor

How to Work with an Editor

The best editors understand how to help you take your manuscript from rough draft to a finished masterpiece.

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How Literary Devices Can Add Depth to Your Writing

How Literary Devices Can Add Depth to Your Writing

The term “literary device” refers to some common techniques that writers use to add meaning to their writing and get their message across more poignantly. When mastered, literary devices can help your reader interpret your scenes and understand your ideas with greater depth. There are hundreds of literary devices to choose from, but let’s talk about some of the ones that will add layers to your writing.

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How to Write Inspirational Self-Help Stories

How to Write Inspirational Self-Help Stories

The self-help industry is a $10 billion market, which means that people around the world are striving hard to improve themselves. For authors, it's a huge market for creating information products, including but not limited to books and articles that cater to self-help consumers.

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How Do You Find and Get Rid of Redundant Adverbs?

How Do You Find and Get Rid of Redundant Adverbs?

An adverb is redundant if you use it to modify a verb with the same meaning in its definition. Read more about how redundant adverbs clutter up your writing and how to get rid of them.

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Chuck Wendig to Self-Published Writers: Focus on Quality

Chuck Wendig to Self-Published Writers: Focus on Quality

Author Chuck Wendig has some advice independent authors can't ignore. Find out in this post.

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How to Start a Ghostwriting Career

How to Start a Ghostwriting Career

Want to start a career as a ghostwriter? These tips can help.

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How to Construct a 3D Main Character

How to Construct a 3D Main Character

Improve your characterization skills with the tips in this post.

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An Author's Voice and How to Find It

An Author's Voice and How to Find It

Every writer has a "voice." It's a unique signature that combines the use of diction, punctuation, and syntax. Is this "voice" identical with writing style? How can a new writer cultivate his or her own unique voice? If you already have an author's voice, what can you do to polish it and take it to the next level? Read this article to find out!

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Use the Inverted Pyramid to Make Your Point

Use the Inverted Pyramid to Make Your Point

Use the inverted pyramid to increase engagement, boost SEO, and escalate your social media presence. This is a time-tested writing style that gets to the point.

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How to use... The House Style Report

How to use... The House Style Report

Want to create your own custom rules in ProWritingAid? Learn how to do it in this article.

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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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What is Exposition?

What is Exposition?

Any and all storytelling requires exposition – the explanation of how Character X got from Point A to Point B and then later to Point C. In this article, we examine what exposition is and how to use it in your work.

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