A Look at Writers Being Unproductive

A Look at Writers Being Unproductive

It's so easy to fall into the trap of being an unproductive writer. Why is that? What drives the writer to such a unique struggle? Take a deep dive into the sources of writer procrastination and how you can overcome it.

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Ways to Improve Your Focus as a Writer

Ways to Improve Your Focus as a Writer

Distractions can be a problem for any writer. Fortunately, there are strategies and apps that can make it a little easier for you to focus. Here are a handful of ways to fight distractions and get the words on the page.

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5 Ways to Generate Great Essay Ideas

5 Ways to Generate Great Essay Ideas

Writing an essay is a challenging undertaking. You have to research, take notes, write an outline, and then turn that outline into a rough draft. Finally, you have to edit and refine your rough draft until it becomes a suitable final draft. Of course, before any of this can happen, you need to come up with a great topic. Here are 5 ways in which you can help yourself come up with a great essay idea.

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How to Beat the Blank Page

How to Beat the Blank Page

The blank page is the nemesis of every writer. How do you keep up your productivity and not let the blank page "win"? By writing ugly.

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Our Favorite Black Friday Offers for Writers

Our Favorite Black Friday Offers for Writers

As we head into **Black Friday** and **Cyber Monday** for 2019, there are some great deals on courses, software, and books for writers. We think there will be something on this list that will help you become a better, more successful writer. We’ll continue scouring the internet for deals this week, but if you come across any others, let us know and we’ll add them to the list!

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ProWritingAid is Supporting the International Literacy Association for Black Friday this Year

ProWritingAid is Supporting the International Literacy Association for Black Friday 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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Find Balance Between Your Blog and Your Private Life

Find Balance Between Your Blog and Your Private Life

If you're trying to squeeze in blogging somewhere in your life, you have to draw boundaries between your home and your work. How do you balance productivity with your family life so that nobody gets angry – and the work still gets done?

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Why You Should Write and Produce Audiobooks Professionally

Why You Should Write and Produce Audiobooks Professionally

Audiobooks are growing rapidly as more and more people switch to listening to them. In this article, Jennifer Xue discusses how to write and publish your first audiobook.

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Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

Why This is Your Year to Win NaNoWriMo

Want to participate in NaNoWriMo this year? Awesome! Prepare with these tips.

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4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

***Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?*** It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year. If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

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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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When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

Use ProWritingAid's Word Explorer to look at any word 14 different ways. Yes, it's true. Here's the list of ways you can check out any given word: - Dictionary - Reverse Dictionary (this shows you words with your given word in their definition) - Thesaurus - Lists (lists of dated terms, ironic terms, often used terms) - Alliteration (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs with the same letter or sound at the beginning or adjacent to your given word) - Clichés (to help you avoid them) - Spelling (good to know if you write frequently in American, British, and Australian English) - Rhymes - Pronunciation - Collocations (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs that come before or after your given word) - Common Phrases (2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-word phrases using your given word) - Commonly Possessed By (words that can own your given word) - Anagrams (in case you need help) - Examples (From books and quotes using your given word)

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How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

Write first. Proofread in December. It’s all about getting the words down on the page (or the computer screen). We published an article a couple of months ago about [ilys]( https://prowritingaid.com/art/375/Where-We-Write-%E2%80%A6-ilys.aspx ), an online platform that only allows you to see the last letter you typed on the screen. You can’t go back and edit—you can only keep typing until you’ve hit your word goal for the day. While this platform may take the “just write, don’t edit” rule further than many writers are comfortable with, the idea remains the same whether you are writing in word, Scrivener or with a quill and ink. Just write.

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How the Technique of Over-Writing can Benefit Beginning and Blocked Writers

How the Technique of Over-Writing can Benefit Beginning and Blocked Writers

If you want to set yourself up for writing success—which in this context means more polished pieces and fewer fragments—make time to latch onto an idea and write the heck out of it NOW.

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7 Essential Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

7 Essential Tips for Surviving NaNoWriMo

For hundreds of thousands of writers scattered throughout the world, October 31 is day of mixed emotions such as panic and determination as the day after marks day one of National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo. In this article, Cathi King gives advice for how to get through the challenge.

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