How to Use Allusion Effectively

How to Use Allusion Effectively

What is allusion and how can it help your writing? We'll show you!

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7 Underappreciated Literary Devices to Liven Up Your Fiction

7 Underappreciated Literary Devices to Liven Up Your Fiction

The world of literary devices isn't limited to similes and metaphors. Here are seven lesser-known and underappreciated rhetorical tools to add to your wordsmith toolbox.

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Dialogue: Its Functions and Form in Fiction

Dialogue: Its Functions and Form in Fiction

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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How to Use ProWritingAid's Alliteration Report

How to Use ProWritingAid's Alliteration Report

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers... but can you pick up on all of the alliteration in your text? Here's how to use ProWritingAid's Alliteration Report to make the most of your imagery.

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How to Ground Your Reader with Story Setting

How to Ground Your Reader with Story Setting

Setting isn't just a backdrop. Find out how to deepen and enrich your characters, plot, and theme by creating settings that stand out.

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Action Beats: The Author's Multi-Tool

Action Beats: The Author's Multi-Tool

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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Essential Poetry: What’s the Difference Between Enjambment and Caesura?

Essential Poetry: What’s the Difference Between Enjambment and Caesura?

Exploring poetry techniques: find out how and why poets use caesura and enjambment. This simple guide includes definitions, use, and famous examples from literature.

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Villain vs Antagonist: How to Use Each in Your Book

Villain vs Antagonist: How to Use Each in Your Book

Know the difference between antagonist and villain. Read this article for tips on how to use them in your story to create obstacles for your protagonist and build tension for your reader.

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Let’s Get Possessive

Let’s Get Possessive

Defining possessive nouns is tricky. There are several unique rules that can confuse even the most seasoned writer.

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How to Use Caricature in Writing: Definition, Use, Examples

How to Use Caricature in Writing: 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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Want to Become a Better Writer? Use Active Reading

Want to Become a Better Writer? Use Active Reading

Authors often discuss how reading improves your writing. However, there’s a big difference between passive and active reading. This guide is full easy active reading activities that will help you become a better writer.

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Empathy vs Sympathy: Which One Are You Feeling?

Empathy vs Sympathy: Which One Are You Feeling?

Empathy vs Sympathy: are you confused? Here's a simple guide to help you tell the difference.

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How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist like Gone Girl

How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist like Gone Girl

As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? Maybe the kind that result in big movie deals… Wait. If your writing is a means to an end, it’s doubtful your plot twist will make the big bang needed to get on the big screen. Because you can’t force a plot twist; readers will smell it a mile away. Do it authentically and you’ll create a feverish tension that keeps readers turning the pages to see how this new twist will play out next. Or you’ll end on a final piece of information that changes everything, resonating with readers long after the last page. Here’s how it works.

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Simile vs Metaphor: What's the Difference?

Simile vs Metaphor: What's the Difference?

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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How to Balance Surprise and Suspense in Your Novel

How to Balance Surprise and Suspense in Your Novel

Learn the difference between surprise and suspense and how to use them in your story. In this article, writer Zara Altair breaks down when and where to use each.

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