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How to Improve Your Dialogue

How to Improve Your Dialogue

Dialogue is an integral part of most narrative fiction. When characters speak to one another, they reveal personality, plot, and conflict. However, it can be challenging to give our characters the right things to say. Let's work on it in this article.

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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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What Is Dialogue?

What Is Dialogue?

Believable dialogue is the key to revealing your characters, establishing a scene's tone and atmosphere, and advancing your storyline. Learn to incorporate speech tags and action beats. Follow our ten tips to write effective dialogue.

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Why You Should Read Your Manuscript Out Loud

Why You Should Read Your Manuscript Out Loud

There's no such thing as a perfect manuscript, but you'll get as close as possible if you read your book out loud before you publish. Here's why.

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How to Correctly Punctuate Dialogue

How to Correctly Punctuate Dialogue

Dialogue, dialogue tags, and action beats. Commas, dashes, and quotation marks. Punctuating dialogue doesn't have to be difficult. Here's what you need to know.

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Avoid These 10 Fiction Writing Mistakes

Avoid These 10 Fiction Writing Mistakes

Struggling from a case of writer's block or wondering what's blocking you on the path to publication? Read on to ensure that you're not making any of these fatal writing errors...

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Stay Away From These 10 Dialogue Traps

Stay Away From These 10 Dialogue Traps

Use these 10 tips to write dialogue that feels real, reveals characterisation, and keeps readers engaged.

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How To Use Action Beats In Fiction

How To Use Action Beats In Fiction

Action beats are often used in lieu of dialogue tags to show body language and to denote who is talking. But action beats are also useful for showing characterization, setting, and even world-building!

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The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

There were many missteps in the "Star Wars" prequel films, not least of all the invention of Jar-Jar Binks. Here's how to avoid those same mistakes in your work. How wude!

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How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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You've Completed NaNoWriMo: What Comes Next?

You've Completed NaNoWriMo: What Comes Next?

It’s time to burst your bubble. Sorry! The typical paperback novel is between 80,000 and 100,000 words long. Yes, you completed 50,000 words, and that’s an amazing achievement in 30 days. But 50,000 words does not a novel make. Here's what you need to know about life after NaNoWriMo...

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How Can Developmental Edits Get My Work Ready for an Agent?

How Can Developmental Edits Get My Work Ready for an Agent?

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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How to use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Check

How to use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Check

Dialogue tags are the words that refer dialogue to a specific character. The two most common examples are “said” and “asked”. - “I’m not going!” said Charlie. They are essential in writing, particularly in scenes that include several characters, because they help the reader follow the conversation. Novice writers, however, have an annoying tendency to use more flowery dialogue tags and pepper them with adverbs. - “I’m not going!” said Charlie angrily. - “I’m not going!” shouted Charlie. - “I’m not going!” roared Charlie furiously.

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Essential Info on the Dialogue Tags Check

Essential Info on the Dialogue Tags Check

What is the ProWritingAid Dialogue Tags Check? Find out in this article.

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How to Write Good Dialogue: 5 Tips from the World of Screenwriting

How to Write Good Dialogue: 5 Tips from the World of Screenwriting

What can prose writers learn about dialogue from the world of screenwriting? Find out in this article!

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