Reading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer

Great writers also tend to be great readers. Reading intentionally, rewriting what you read, and analyzing structure are just a few ways you can use your reading to support your writing. In this article, we look at some reading exercises you can use to develop your own writing style.

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How to Write a 50,000 Word Novel in 30 Days

How to Write a 50,000 Word Novel in 30 Days

We know that many of you in our ProWritingAid community will be taking part in NaNoWriMo this year. That's why we hoested a Q&A with the Executive Director of the challenge, Grant Faulkner. Find out how to get as much out of NaNoWriMo as possible in the replay of this exclusive Q&A.

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Build a Strong Foundation for Your Novel With These 5 Questions

Build a Strong Foundation for Your Novel With These 5 Questions

In this article, Book Coach Jennie Nash, CEO of Author Accelerator, outlines five questions you should ask yourself before you start writing your novel. Find out how to avoid making mistakes that could cost you readers by focussing on your point and your purpose.

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Flash Fiction: A Crash Course

Flash Fiction: A Crash Course

You know those bite-size candy bars you get for Halloween? Flash fiction is similar; tiny, but still tasty. In this article, we’re going to explore flash fiction and what makes it so fun. Here's what it is, why it's awesome, and how to write it.

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A Writing Workshop In Support of Black Lives Matter

A Writing Workshop In Support of Black Lives Matter

One of our favorite things about the ProWritingAid community is just that—community. We love our little corner of the writing world, and that’s why we always want to share as much writing content with you as possible. Today, though, we’re focussing on something a little different but so incredibly important. Here’s our chance for our community to give a little back—while still getting some amazing writing advice along the way!

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How to Write Like Maggie O'Farrell

How to Write Like Maggie O'Farrell

We love learning about the writing process here at ProWritingAid. Every author approaches the task slightly differently: and not all authors are born equal. Many writers have wondered just what it is that makes bestselling, award-winning authors so, well, bestselling and award-winning. In this article, we look at how Maggie O'Farrell wrote her way to success.

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The Free Writing Tool to Amp Up Your Productivity

The Free Writing Tool to Amp Up Your Productivity

Increasing your creativity and productivity can help your writing career. But how do you do it effectively? With this one simple, free practice.

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How to Start a Journal Entry

How to Start a Journal Entry

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. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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Plotter or Pantser: Why Not Both!

Plotter or Pantser: Why Not Both!

How often have you heard writers asking one another if they’re a “Plotter or Pantser?” Here's why we should stop the debate – and just be both!

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Coconuts and Seawater: How Constraints Improve Creativity

Coconuts and Seawater: How Constraints Improve Creativity

From stand-up comedy to being stranded on a desert island, creativity has always been boosted by a little constraint. Create artificial rules in your work and watch your brain work harder—and produce better content as a result.

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Your First Idea is Never Your Best: Generate and Develop Better Writing Ideas

Your First Idea is Never Your Best: Generate and Develop Better Writing Ideas

Sticking with your first writing idea can cause problems later. Find out effective ways to generate and develop better ideas to transform your writing.

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7 Days to Writing Success with Creative Agile

7 Days to Writing Success with Creative Agile

Writing is hard. Editing is difficult. But planning for either shouldn’t be. Learn how to break through blocks, speed up your writing and never ask "Where should I start?" again through the Creative Agile framework.

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Be Among The Living: Balance Working From Home with Real Life

Be Among The Living: Balance Working From Home with Real Life

Remote work can be great for your productivity, but it's important to get out of the home office and among the living. Here are some ways – even for introverts.

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How to Start Writing an Essay

How to Start Writing an Essay

Many of you are probably familiar with the panic or dread that can accompany the act of having an essay topic dropped in front of you on your desk. Nothing’s been written, nothing’s even been thought of; all you have in front of you is a topic, a blank page, and the instructions to “write.” Check out this 5 step prep process that you can apply to any essay you write.

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Stop Focusing on Goals: Why Systems Lead to Writing Productivity

Stop Focusing on Goals: Why Systems Lead to Writing Productivity

The secret to productivity isn't your goals – it's your systems. Here's how to figure out what systems to develop, and how to set goals that take care of themselves.

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