How to Write a Romance: Genre Expectations Versus Tropes

How to Write a Romance: Genre Expectations Versus Tropes

Romance readers want fresh stories, but they also have certain expectations. Here's how to freshen up romance writing while also giving your readers what they expect from their favorite genre.

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What is a cliché? Check out this list of examples.

What is a cliché? Check out this list of examples.

To cliché or not to cliché, that is the question. This comprehensive list of clichés will help you decide what to use or leave behind in your writing.

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6 ProWritingAid Reports You Should Be Using

6 ProWritingAid Reports You Should Be Using

ProWritingAid is so much more than a grammar checker, but it's hard to know which reports you need. Here are six reports you may be overlooking that you should definitely be using.

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The Only Grammar Cheat Sheet You'll Ever Need

The Only Grammar Cheat Sheet You'll Ever Need

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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Words to Avoid if you Want to Write Strong Content

Words to Avoid if you Want to Write Strong Content

The words you use in your content can strengthen or weaken your prose. In this article, we teach you how to boost the power of your content by eliminating non-words and weak phrases that take up space but dilute your statements.

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Examples of Clichés and Redundancies to Avoid in Your Writing

Examples of Clichés and Redundancies to Avoid in Your Writing

In this article, we explain how to use ProWritingAid's Clichés and Redundancies report.

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Editing for Screenwriters with ProWritingAid

Editing for Screenwriters with ProWritingAid

Working on your latest script? In this article, we cover how to use ProWritingAid within Final Draft to improve your writing.

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How to Avoid Jargon in Your Business Writing

How to Avoid Jargon in Your Business Writing

Writing clear and effective copy doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, dropping the jargon and finding a simpler way to put things is often the key to great copy.

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What is the Purpose of Caricature? Definition, Use, Examples

What is the Purpose of Caricature? Definition, Use, Examples

Learn everything you need to know about caricature. This comprehensive explanation comes complete with examples and definition. Perfect for writers, students, and educators alike.

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Simile vs Metaphor: How to Use Figurative Language

Simile vs Metaphor: How to Use Figurative Language

Confused by similes and metaphors? Find out the difference, along with common mistakes to avoid when using them in your writing.

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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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Everything You Need to Know About Idioms

Everything You Need to Know About Idioms

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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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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Why Your Sloppy Writing Might be Sabotaging Your Business

Why Your Sloppy Writing Might be Sabotaging Your Business

Consider the content on your website and in your blog posts, the product descriptions in your eCommerce store, your lead generation pieces, and your emails. Every word makes an impression on your customers and prospects. Small businesses with remote workers around the world don't have a brick-and-mortar shop. So the face you put forward in your content should represent your company well.

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Tips for Avoiding Cliché

Tips for Avoiding Cliché

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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