How to Avoid Jargon in Your Business Writing

How to Avoid Jargon in Your Business Writing

Writing clear and effective copy doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, dropping the jargon and finding a simpler way to put things is often the key to great copy.

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3 Cloud-Based Alternatives to Scrivener

3 Cloud-Based Alternatives to Scrivener

Many writers prefer a cloud-based writing program. Here is an honest review of three alternatives to Scrivener.

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5 Free Self-Publishing Tools to Get Started with Your Book

5 Free Self-Publishing Tools to Get Started with Your Book

It’s easy to experience decision fatigue when it comes to navigating the self-publishing process. We’ve curated this short list of the best free tools available to jumpstart your self-publishing journey.

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Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

Writing App Reviews… Scrivener

As a writer, I’d heard about Scrivener from many of my peers, but for whatever reason (pure obstinance, probably), I stuck with my old word processing program. It wasn’t until about a year ago that I finally acquiesced and purchased Scrivener. I haven’t looked back! If you’ve ever set up a binder to try to organize the various plans and ideas for your novel—or even just articles—you probably had sections to hold your character sketches, setting ideas, plot outline, and research. You may have had separate sections to contain each of your scenes and chapters. You might even have had a section that contained nothing but pictures clipped from magazines that sparked your imagination.

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Writing App Reviews: Fictionary

Writing App Reviews: Fictionary

Fictionary is your story editor who makes sure you don’t have gaping plot holes and character snafus. ProWritingAid is your copyeditor who makes your manuscript shine.

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Writing Technology Reviews: the Character Builder by One Stop for Writers

Writing Technology Reviews: the Character Builder by One Stop for Writers

Do you struggle to build three-dimensional characters? One Stop for Writers have a new tool that just might help you create the next best-seller. Read all about it!

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Write for an Audience of One

Write for an Audience of One

We’re the subject of our own lives. Instead of just getting by day to day, journaling allows us to explore our experiences and ourselves. Writing about what we know gives us the opportunity to grow as a person and as a writer.

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Recruiting: The ProWritingAid Blogging Team

Recruiting: The ProWritingAid Blogging Team

We're putting together a team of writers for the ProWritingAid Blog. Team members will be diverse in their knowledge and specialities, but all share a love of writing.

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Writing App Reviews: the Outlining Your Novel Workbook

Writing App Reviews: the Outlining Your Novel Workbook

Whether you are a planner or a pants-er, if you haven’t checked out the Outline Your Novel program, you’re missing out. I spent hours with this software and have never felt a more powerful urge to create.

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Should you be using Quora to promote your blog and your writing?

Should you be using Quora to promote your blog and your writing?

Quora is, arguably, the biggest question & answer website in the world. Bloggers, marketers, and social influencers have all taken notice and are using the popular platform to promote their content, as well as themselves. In this blog post, I want to show you how you can use Quora to promote your blog and your writing.

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Writing App Reviews: A Comparison of the Best

Writing App Reviews: A Comparison of the Best

Here at ProWritingAid, we're geekily interested in writing tech, almost obsessively. And in honor of the upcoming NaNoWriMo, we thought we'd do a roundup of the apps we've reviewed over the years. Links to our full reviews are throughout.

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Writing App Reviews… Beemgee

Writing App Reviews… Beemgee

Everyone at ProWritingAid loves tech that helps us write better, faster, easier, etc. It's one reasons we get up every morning. When we stumbled across Beemgee and their amazing writing tool, we asked Kathy Edens to check it out for us. Let's take a closer look at the Beemgee novel outlining and storytelling tool to see how it can help you develop compelling characters and an engaging plot.

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Writing App Reviews… One Stop For Writers

Writing App Reviews… One Stop For Writers

The founders of Writers Helping Writers have created an innovative platform for writers to boost their creativity and enhance their skill set: One Stop For Writers. The creators call it the "library," and it's complete with an "Information Desk," "Thesaurus," "The Stacks," and more. Whether this is your first rodeo and you need some entry level writing help, or you're an old hand and just want a fun way to plan your novel, One Stop For Writers has scads of resources, templates, online tools, and lessons to help you write the best novel yet. We're going to cover just the highlights because it can take you days of roaming around the "library" to see and experience everything.

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Writing App Reviews… Write!

Writing App Reviews… Write!

We’re obviously mad for technology at ProWritingAid, and there are so many apps, gadgets, and programs out there to help you finish your novel or write content for clients. Here, in the sixth post of our [Writing App Reviews…]( https://prowritingaid.com/en/Blog/Tag/42/where-we-write) series, Kathy Eden checks out minimalist writing platform **Write!**.

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How to Use MindMeister as a Novel Roadmap

How to Use MindMeister as a Novel Roadmap

Mind maps have been a useful tool for creative folks to brainstorm for quite a while. Remember the old days when you’d draw a circle in the middle of a piece of paper and draw lines from there to connect your thoughts? It’s much easier today. Brainstorming is a huge part of preparing for any writing project. Mind maps help you capture your creativity in a right-brained manner, by graphically displaying the connections between ideas. If you’re trying to outline a novel (left-brained) and it’s just getting messy, consider trying a mind map first to let the ideas flow naturally. With a mind map in front of you, ideas will spark and you’ll see connections where you hadn’t before. It’s also a great tool for generating new ideas, like scenes for your story or character traits for each character.

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