How to Revive an Old Writing Project

How to Revive an Old Writing Project

Check back through your archives. You'll probably find a project you abandoned, and maybe you'll want to return to it. If so, here's how!

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Let’s Get Possessive

Let’s Get Possessive

Defining possessive nouns is tricky. There are several unique rules that can confuse even the most seasoned writer.

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How to Develop a Good Research Paper Outline

How to Develop a Good Research Paper Outline

To write good papers, develop good outlines. Follow these tips to make your academic life easier.

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Dialogue Tags: Are They the Enemy?

Dialogue Tags: Are They the Enemy?

Recent writing advice suggests that writers should avoid dialogue tags. But is that really true? Here are some reasons dialogue tags aren't all that bad.

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Why Readability Matters for Your Content

Why Readability Matters for Your Content

Great content is easy to read, concise, and informative. Learn how readability engages readers and improves search engine optimization.

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How to Use the Sticky Sentences Report

How to Use the Sticky Sentences Report

A sticky sentence is one that is full of glue words. Glue words are the empty space that readers need to get through before they can get to your ideas. If your sentences contain more than 45% glue words, they should probably be re-written to increase clarity. Here's how and why.

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How (and Why) to Allude to Other Works in Your Fiction

How (and Why) to Allude to Other Works in Your Fiction

What is allusion and why should you use it in your work? Author Kyle A. Massa has the lowdown for you!

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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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Crash, Bang! How to Use Onomatopoeia Effectively

Crash, Bang! How to Use Onomatopoeia Effectively

Onomatopoeia is a literary device that describes sound. When used effectively, it can be a powerful way of showing instead of telling, which brings your story to life.

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Why Every Heroine Does Not Need a Love Interest

Why Every Heroine Does Not Need a Love Interest

There are almost no authors writing female characters that don't depend on a romance subplot to carry a book. That's because the Hero's Journey, Campbell's famous framework for the classic tale of a hero on a quest, doesn't work well for a female protagonist.

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Creating Custom Rules with the ProWritingAid Style Guide

Creating Custom Rules with the ProWritingAid Style Guide

The ProWritingAid Style Guide lets you create custom reports for your organization. In this article, we show you how.

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5 Reasons to Write a Short Story Collection

5 Reasons to Write a Short Story Collection

Have you ever considered writing a short story collection? You'd be surprised at how fun and satisfying it can be. In this article, author Kyle A. Massa will do his best to convince you!

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What is Line Editing and Why Do You Need It?

What is Line Editing and Why Do You Need It?

Did you know there's one type of editing that can make your writing stand out the most? Editor and writing coach Gina Edwards describes where and how line editing fits in the editing and revision process, and why every writer should learn the skills to line-edit their own work.

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What Are Idioms and How Do I Use Them?

What Are Idioms and How Do I Use Them?

Idioms can be difficult but when used properly, they are a powerful and fun literary device. Find out everything you need to know about idioms.

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How to Master "Show, Don't Tell"

How to Master "Show, Don't Tell"

Is "show, don't tell" useful writing advice? Author Kyle A. Massa goes deep on the subject in this article.

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