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 Writers Use ProWritingAid: ProWritingAid's Featured Writers Series, April 2021

How Writers Use ProWritingAid: ProWritingAid's Featured Writers Series, April 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 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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How to Navigate the Four Stages of Book Editing: A Professional Editor's Guide

How to Navigate the Four Stages of Book Editing: A Professional Editor's Guide

Editing has four stages. Whether you're a newbie still getting into your writing journey or a seasoned author with an established writing career, you must be familiar with these stages and ready to apply them in your editing process. In this article, professional editor JoEllen Nordström explains every stage, including when you can self-edit and when it's best to leave it to the pros.

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ProWritingAid Presents: Crime Writer's Week

ProWritingAid Presents: Crime Writer's Week

Whether you're crafting a police procedural, a whodunnit, or a good old-fashioned mystery, you won't want to miss this week-long crime-writing summit.

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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 to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to plan a thriller novel with exciting characters and tight suspense to keep your reader on the edge of their seat.

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How to Use Software for World-Building

How to Use Software for World-Building

Learn how software can help you create a compelling world for your science fiction or fantasy novel.

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