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Empathy vs Sympathy: What’s the Difference?

Empathy vs Sympathy: What’s the Difference?

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

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Gone Girl's Plot Twist: How to Write Your Own

Gone Girl's Plot Twist: How to Write Your Own

As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? 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: How to Use Figurative Language

Simile vs. Metaphor: How to Use Figurative Language

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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What's the Difference Between Surprise and Suspense?

What's the Difference Between Surprise and Suspense?

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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A Complete Guide to Onomatopoeia In Fiction

A Complete Guide to Onomatopoeia In Fiction

Onomatopoeia is a literary device that describes sound. When used effectively, it can be a powerful way of showing instead of telling, which brings your story to life.

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How to Use a Creative Writing Stimulus

How to Use a Creative Writing Stimulus

A stimulus can transform creative writing in the classroom. Use these simple ideas to improve writing outcomes and get the excitement back into your lessons.

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Everything You Need to Know About Idioms

Everything You Need to Know About Idioms

Idioms can be difficult but when used properly, they are a powerful and fun literary device. Find out everything you need to know about idioms.

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Why we are partnering with the International Literacy Association this year.

Why we are partnering with the International Literacy Association this year.

Why did we decide to partner with the International Literacy Association this year? They are doing incredible work both nationally and globally to empower people to read, write, teach, and learn to their best potential. Just as ProWritingAid helps people achieve new heights, International Literacy Association (ILA) has elevated educators and students alike to a whole new level. Since 1956, the organization has served as a tireless advocate for literacy, inspiring industry leaders across the globe to better their communities by equipping them with a plethora of literacy and educational resources.

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What Are Red Herrings in a Mystery?

What Are Red Herrings in a Mystery?

What is a red herring in a story? This article contains tips for successful use of red herrings to confound your protagonist and your readers.

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Foreshadowing Tips from Alfred Hitchcock

Foreshadowing Tips from Alfred Hitchcock

Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path. You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false. Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

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What is Antithesis? How Can it Add Power to Your Writing?

What is Antithesis? How Can it Add Power to Your Writing?

Antithesis is one of the most revered literary and rhetorical devices. However, few writers use antithesis because it can sound contrived and sanctimonious. Let's take a closer look at how to use it appropriately.

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The Best Oxymorons

The Best Oxymorons

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which two words with contradictory meanings are placed side-by-side. Here's a list of 25 of our favorites.

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Anaphora: Everything You Need to Know

Anaphora: Everything You Need to Know

Anaphora is the deliberate repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of a clause to achieve an artist effect. In this article, we break down what anaphora is and how to use it.

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What is Irony? Let's Turn to Shakespeare, the King of Irony

What is Irony? Let's Turn to Shakespeare, the King of Irony

William Shakespeare loved using irony in his work. How can you do the same? In this post, we'll show you how irony works and how to use it.

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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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