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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How to Create Fantastic Metaphors

How to Create Fantastic Metaphors

Aristotle said a metaphor was “the act of giving a thing a name that belongs to something else.” It allows you to pack a powerful punch in a few words. Your reader can take their full understanding of one thing, and apply it to another thing. By writing, “my cubicle is a prison,” your reader understands how you feel about your job. With just that one word they know you feel trapped, unhappy, desolate.

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Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

What is the passive voice, anyway? As writers, we know that the passive voice is bad. But why? And if it is so bad, how do we fix it? We take a look at what the passive voice is and a new feature to fix it in ProWritingAid.

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5 Tricks for Using Dialogue to Write Truly Captivating Characters

5 Tricks for Using Dialogue to Write Truly Captivating Characters

Dialogue can be about much more than just the words on the page. Good authors use it to build tension and subtly set the tone of each interaction. The words their characters choose say so much more than just their lexical meaning. So how you can use dialogue to create captivating characters and move your story forward? Here are 5 tricks.

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How to Create Mood like Edgar Allan Poe

How to Create Mood like Edgar Allan Poe

The master of Gothic horror stories, Edgar Allan Poe could set the tone of anything with a few chosen words. Here's how he did it.

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How to Write an Allegory like George Orwell

How to Write an Allegory like George Orwell

An allegory is a story that evokes two separate meanings. The first meaning is the story's surface, like characters and plot, the stuff that goes into every story. But at a much deeper level, an allegory has a symbolic, heavy meaning. What allegories come to mind? Maybe _The Lord of the Flies_; _The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe_; _Moby Dick_; or _Pilgrim's Progress_?

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What is a Cliché?  And Why Should You Avoid Them?

What is a Cliché? And Why Should You Avoid Them?

A cliché is a tired, stale phrase or idiom that, because of overuse, has lost its impact. What was once a fresh way of looking at something has become a weak prop for writing that feels unimaginative and dull. Clichés are what you write when you don’t have the energy or inspiration to think of a new way to express an idea. George Orwell in his Rules of Writing said: **“Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.”** Be creative and come up with something fresh. A new analogy or metaphor will make much more of an impression on your readers than a dusty old cliché.

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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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How to Craft an Engaging Arc for Your Story

How to Craft an Engaging Arc for Your Story

In this article, we delve a deeper into creating your story arc.

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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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