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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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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How to Use ProWritingAid with GoogleDocs

How to Use ProWritingAid with GoogleDocs

It's easy to get up and running on Google Docs with ProWritingAid. Get full access to ProWritingAid's turbo powered grammar checker!

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Now, You Can Accept/Ignore a Suggestion and Automatically Jump to the Next

Now, You Can Accept/Ignore a Suggestion and Automatically Jump to the Next

We've just made an exciting new development to our grammar checking software: the accept and move on function.

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Avoiding Writing? Make Procrastination Work for You

Avoiding Writing? Make Procrastination Work for You

Make procrastination work for you. Choose to procrastinate strategically by doing daily tasks that need done. Don’t procrastinate on time wasters that get you nowhere like binge-watching four seasons of your favorite series on Netflix. Instead, procrastinate with purpose each day and you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done. Including writing.

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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 Writers Should Let Their Minds Wander During Idea Generation

Why Writers Should Let Their Minds Wander During Idea Generation

Our brains are overstimulated. As writers, we need to let our mind rest so new ideas will grow. Find ways that allow you space to pause, slow down, and let go of unproductive thoughts.

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Why Most Business Writing Stinks, and How You Can Fix it

Why Most Business Writing Stinks, and How You Can Fix it

Business writing is such an fascinating application of writing. It’s very pragmatic. Strong business writing can propel both careers and businesses. It’s the channel that transmits nearly all business work and insight and interaction. It flows up, down, laterally, internally, and externally to customers. It’s the foundation of business. Why then, is it so bad? Business writing is notorious for bloated, business-speak nonsense. Despite its off-putting name, I highly recommend the book Why Business People Speak Like Idiots. It was originally published in 2005, yet it sadly still captures the epidemic of business-speak so well.

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Contena: What You Need to Know to Start a Writing Business

Contena: What You Need to Know to Start a Writing Business

At ProWritingAid, we want our writers to be as successful as possible. And so, when we come across a potential opportunity for writers to make money, we check it out. The folks at [Contena](https://www.contena.co/?ref=65729) got in touch recently and asked us to have a look at their new platform for freelance writers. Their mission is to help you launch your own freelance writing business.

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How to Write When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas

How to Write When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas

Need some writing tips for those days when you can't think of anything to write? We've got you covered!

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How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 30 Days

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book in 30 Days

Can you write (and publish) a non-fiction book in 30 days? We examine how.

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How to Use Trello to Storyboard Your Novel

How to Use Trello to Storyboard Your Novel

You may have noticed that we at ProWritingAid have a fondness for technology that makes writers better, stronger, more organized, and highly productive. If you like creating a storyboard for your novels, or if you want an innovative app to capture all of your to-do’s for your client work, let us introduce Trello. For those of us who use sticky notes, index cards, and other forms of reminders to help you organize everything you need for a writing project, Trello is the easiest, most intuitive way to organize your work.

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