How to use ProWritingAid's Pacing Report

How to use ProWritingAid's Pacing Report

Pacing refers to the speed at which a story is told and how quickly the reader is moved through events. Good writing contains faster-paced sections, such as dialogue and character action, as well as slower-paced sections, such as introspection and backstory. Find out how ProWritingAid's Pacing Check can help you keep readers turning the page.

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The Final Step: Reading Your Manuscript Out Loud

The Final Step: Reading 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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Writing Fiction? Watch Out for These 10 Common Mistakes

Writing Fiction? Watch Out for These 10 Common 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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How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

Backstory enriches your characters but slows down the story. Zara Altair offers tips on how to use backstory in your novel.

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More than Grammar: How to Use ProWritingAid for Deep Edits

More than Grammar: How to Use ProWritingAid for Deep Edits

Deep edits involve fine-tuning your manuscript for one type of mistake at a time. ProWritingAid has several tools that help you polish your novel for stronger, clearer writing.

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Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Why Narrative Satisfaction Matters: Lessons from Game of Thrones

Millions of fans are not thrilled with the ending of 'Game of Thrones'. Hayley Milliman examines what lessons aspiring fiction writers can learn from the show's missteps.

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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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Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental 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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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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10 Common Issues that Your Checking tool is Missing

10 Common Issues that Your Checking tool is Missing

An editing tool checks for writing issues that go far beyond mere grammar problems.

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FREE EBOOK: 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers

FREE EBOOK: 20 Editing Tips from Professional Writers

This practical guide contains 20 important writing tips and techniques from a wide range of professional writers. Some focus on the minutia of specific word selection; others focus on the more complex ideas like finding the right metaphor, policing your work for Purple Prose, or figuring out when it’s time to send it off to potential publishers.

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What are the 25 ProWritingAid Reports?

What are the 25 ProWritingAid Reports?

ProWritingAid analyzes your writing and presents its findings in 25 different reports. Each user will have their own writing strengths and weaknesses and so different reports will appeal to different people. Remember, all the software can do is highlight potential pitfalls in your writing. It's up to you, the writer, to decide which suggestions work within your specific context, and which ones should be ignored.

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What You Need to Know About the Pacing Check

What You Need to Know About the Pacing Check

Pacing is what moves your story forward quickly, then slows the action down so your readers can catch their breath and learn more about your character’s thoughts. The ProWritingAid pacing check can help you determine whether or not your story is moving along at the right clip.

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Does Your Writing Need a Paramedic?

Does Your Writing Need a Paramedic?

The Paramedic Method aims to help writers learn to write more concisely, persuasively and actively. Dr. Marlene Caroselli outlines the method and sets three writing challenges. Does the Paramedic Method help you breathe life back into dead sentences? Have a go and let us know what you think!

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4 Writing Issues You are Probably Missing When You Self-Edit

4 Writing Issues You are Probably Missing When You Self-Edit

Having a relationship with an editor you can trust, one who is flexible enough to work around your tight schedule is one way to do it. But even then, you need to ensure the that your editor is spending most of her time on the meat of your story like plot and character development, and less time on the technical stuff like sentence construction and word choice. Ideally, you want your text to be as tight as possible BEFORE you send it to your editor.

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