Figurative Language: Why and How You Should Use It

Figurative Language: Why and How You Should Use It

What is figurative language? Figurative language means using literary devices, techniques, and figures of speech to heighten sensory response and add meaning, clarity, or impact to your writing. In this article, learn what figurative language is and see examples of how to use it in your work.

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How Writers Use ProWritingAid: ProWritingAid's Featured Writers Series, June 2021

How Writers Use ProWritingAid: ProWritingAid's Featured Writers Series, June 2021

There are all kinds of writers in the ProWritingAid community, all with very different writing styles. In this new series of blog posts, we’ll be featuring two ProWritingAid users each month to learn more about their writing processes and how ProWritingAid has helped them on their writing journey.

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How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

How to Write a Book: The Best Creative Writing Courses Online

There is a wealth of information out there about writing fiction and selling your books. How do you know which courses are worth your time and money? Check out our list of the eight best online courses for fiction writers.

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How Professional Editors Use the 38 Story Elements to Edit Your Novel

How Professional Editors Use the 38 Story Elements to Edit Your Novel

Professional editor JoEllen Nordström guides you through the 38 story elements editors look for. You can self-edit using this list before submitting your manuscript for structural editing. Or, you can use this list to better understand the structural editing process.

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We Review The Novel Factory [2021]

We Review The Novel Factory [2021]

This month we look at The Novel Factory, a writing app that will appeal to all the planners out there.   The app walks you through 16 highly-detailed steps that include defining your basic premise, setting out your plot points, fleshing out your characters, building your world, generating scenes, weaving your plot details together, and so much more. It even takes you through the submission process. What makes this program so incredibly useful is that you learn about the process of writing a novel as you go.  

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The Debut Dagger Award: The Shortlist

The Debut Dagger Award: The Shortlist

ProWritingAid is thrilled to be sponsoring the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger award as part of their 2021 Dagger awards series. The CWA Debut Dagger is a renowned competition for the opening of a crime novel open to writers who are not yet traditionally published.

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Book Outlining Deep-Dive with Plottr: How to Craft Better Stories in Less Time

Book Outlining Deep-Dive with Plottr: How to Craft Better Stories in Less Time

Looking for a new outlining model? Plottr helps you keep track of all of the details in your novel, from your scenes to your characters to your settings, regardless of the method you use.

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Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

Character development is all about drawing readers' attention to the right details at the right time—and that's only the beginning! In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how voice, physical description, and backstory can bring your characters to life.

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3 Fun Ways to Outline Your Novel

3 Fun Ways to Outline Your Novel

Bored of bullet points? Here are 3 more interesting ways to outline your novel. Whether you prefer pen and paper or a screen, you'll find a method that suits your writing style.

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How ProWritingAid's Goals Feature Keeps You on Track as You Edit

How ProWritingAid's Goals Feature Keeps You on Track as You Edit

It can be difficult to keep track of your writing and editing goals as you are working. Even if you know what you want to focus on, monitoring your progress can be a challenge. Now, it doesn't have to be. Find out how to use ProWritingAid's Goals in the sidebar to keep your editing on track.

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Plagiarism, Theft, or Inspiration? 3 Ways Writers Can Make Ideas Their Own

Plagiarism, Theft, or Inspiration? 3 Ways Writers Can Make Ideas Their Own

Worried about plagiarism? Wondering how much inspiration you can take from previously published work? Check out these three suggestions to make every idea your own.

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Novel Outlining: 4 Ways Maps Can Help You Plot Your Story

Novel Outlining: 4 Ways Maps Can Help You Plot Your Story

Maps don't have to be just a pretty feature for the front of your book. They can help you plot a detailed, realistic story. Here are four ways you can use maps to plan your novel.

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8 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Writing for Your Beta Readers

8 Essential Steps to Prepare Your Writing for Your Beta Readers

If you're considering using a beta reader, what should you do before you send your work to them? These tips will save you time, get you the feedback you need, and make the best use of your beta reader.

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5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters

5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters

If you're tired of generic character inventories and you need fresh ideas to create realistic, compelling characters, try these five writing exercises.

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How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

As writers, we often begin by imitating the work of our predecessors. How do we go from that stage to the next, when we discover our unique voices as writers? This article should get you started.

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