Build Your Article with Paragraph Chunks

Build Your Article with Paragraph Chunks

Text written in concise paragraph chunks will facilitate search engine results that deliver the right information in response to search queries. In this article, Zara Altair explains how to use paragraph chunks to improve your SEO.

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When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

Use ProWritingAid's Word Explorer to look at any word 14 different ways. Yes, it's true. Here's the list of ways you can check out any given word: - Dictionary - Reverse Dictionary (this shows you words with your given word in their definition) - Thesaurus - Lists (lists of dated terms, ironic terms, often used terms) - Alliteration (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs with the same letter or sound at the beginning or adjacent to your given word) - Clichés (to help you avoid them) - Spelling (good to know if you write frequently in American, British, and Australian English) - Rhymes - Pronunciation - Collocations (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs that come before or after your given word) - Common Phrases (2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-word phrases using your given word) - Commonly Possessed By (words that can own your given word) - Anagrams (in case you need help) - Examples (From books and quotes using your given word)

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How the Technique of Over-Writing can Benefit Beginning and Blocked Writers

How the Technique of Over-Writing can Benefit Beginning and Blocked Writers

If you want to set yourself up for writing success—which in this context means more polished pieces and fewer fragments—make time to latch onto an idea and write the heck out of it NOW.

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Using Music to Mine Your Emotions

Using Music to Mine Your Emotions

If you consider yourself an unemotional person, you might wonder how you can become an emotional master in your writing. The secret? Music.

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11 Top Self-Editing Tips for Getting Your Non-Fiction into Shape

11 Top Self-Editing Tips for Getting Your Non-Fiction into Shape

Want to get better at self-editing your non-fiction? Author Bryan Collins can help. In this article, he'll share 11 great ways to improve, revise, and edit your work.

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Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb on the Etiquette of the Editorial Process

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb on the Etiquette of the Editorial Process

The relationship between writer and editor, or writer and literary agent, is complex. In order to work well together, both parties must work collaboratively. In this post, literary agent Mark Gottlieb shares his experience about how to make that relationship work best for everyone.

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Are Your Adjectives Powerful?

Are Your Adjectives Powerful?

An adjective is a word that names an attribute of a noun. Some are strong and paint clear, specific pictures of the thing they are describing. Some are weak and vague and don’t tell us much. Let’s start with an example...

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The Nitty Gritty Practical Guide to Giving your Characters Unique Voice

The Nitty Gritty Practical Guide to Giving your Characters Unique Voice

Character Voice is as difficult to pin down as it is critical. Plenty of writing advice resources talk about the importance of your main characters each having a unique voice, but how do you achieve that? The main problem is that all of those characters are essentially coming from the same mind – yours – so you need to find ways to ensure your personal characteristics, speech patterns and nuances don’t all bleed into your characters.

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Steven Pinker's 13 Tips for Better Writing

Steven Pinker's 13 Tips for Better Writing

Steven Pinker is an author, professor, and researcher who has some excellent advice for writers everywhere. In this post, Kyle A. Massa breaks down his 13 tips, offering commentary on each of them so that you can improve your writing.

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The Top 25 Oxymorons

The Top 25 Oxymorons

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words with contradictory meanings are placed side-by-side. Here's a list of 25 of our favorites.

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How to Use... The Thesaurus Check

How to Use... The Thesaurus Check

Often, changing just one word in a sentence allows a writer to present a more nuanced or specific idea. The contextual thesaurus allows you to explore a wider vocabulary. Unlike most thesaurus suggestions, our report takes into account the context of the word in the sentence and offers replacement words that fit within that context. The Thesaurus Report helps you expand your vocabulary and enrich your writing.

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How to Use the Consistency Check

How to Use the Consistency Check

The Consistency Check checks your writing for consistency in four key areas: 1) Spelling, 2) Hyphenation, 3) Capitalisation, and 4) Punctuation.

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Agent Advice Part 2: Line-Editing and Copy-Editing

Agent Advice Part 2: Line-Editing and Copy-Editing

Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

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What Is Irony and Why Do so Many People Get It Wrong?

What Is Irony and Why Do so Many People Get It Wrong?

What is irony? What's the right way to use it? Find out in this post!

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What is Passive Voice and How Do I Make It Active?

What is Passive Voice and How Do I Make It Active?

Passive voice occurs when you take the object of your sentence—the part that the action happens to—and make it the subject of your sentence. Here are some examples: - **Passive**: *The flag was raised by the troops.* - **Active**: *The troops raised the flag.*

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