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    Comfort zones are cozy, but they hardly ever lead to success or self-improvement. This is particularly true with creative jobs such as writing.

    Getting out of your comfort zone increases your chances of achieving positive results. The experience of altering your habitual pace of life multiplies points of view in your writing and brings novel ideas, forms and styles. Stuck with a lack of fresh approaches? Become that risk-taker! Bring new blood into your art! Break your routine with the following steps on the way to the perfect text.


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    It may surprise some writers to hear that writing is often the easiest part of their journey. Surely the blood, sweat and tears that you poured into your writing was anything but easy! But, if no one reads your words, you might as well have not written it at all. Making sure that your work reaches as many readers as possible can sometimes be the most difficult part of the writing process!

    In the modern age, what you need is an effective and comprehensive social media campaign. But don't panic! Here are a few actionable ways to make social media work for you when it comes to promoting your writing.


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    You may think it is absurd to say that criticism could be good for you. After all, it hurts, right? Especially when the criticism is targeted directly at your personality or habits, it can be very hurtful indeed. But it can be good for you if you take it the right way – and here’s why.


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    What's the best "extra" you get from being a experienced copywriter? How about using your persuasive writing skills to help you convince people to give you what you want?

    Let me share an example. A copywriter I know, we'll call her Amy, bought expensive new luggage before her trip to Europe this past summer. When she finally got back on American soil two weeks later, she was devastated when her luggage came rolling off the carousel—crushed and torn.


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    Think of some of the great nemesis pairs in fiction: Harry Potter and Voldemort, Katniss Everdeen and President Snow, Professor Xavier and Magneto, Superman and Lex Luthor… But there's none better than Batman and The Joker.

    The Joker is responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman's life like paralyzing Batgirl and murdering Robin. He's such a popular character that he's ranked 8th on the list of Greatest Comic Book Characters of All Time. One reason he's the perfect nemesis is The Joker is the complete and utter opposite of Batman: he's savage, violent, unpredictable, and will do anything because he has no respect for human life. As Michael Caine said in Dark Knight, The Joker "just wants to see the world burn."


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    Are you trying to fit into a genre or sub-genre because it's popular right now? That's like trying to fit into a political party when your philosophy is somewhere in the middle. It's hard to find the right fit in either party, right?

    Maybe it's time you created your own sub-genre or genre. Look at what Bridget Jones's Diary did for chick lit. And what The Hunger Games did for YA dystopian. And I'm still not sure how to categorize Jodi Picoult's novels. If you look up the genres of her books, you'll find "Genre: Fiction + Literature; Sub-Genre: Literary or Contemporary." Huh? Nonetheless, she's created her own space on the best seller list.


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    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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    Some rules were made to be broken, right? There are a few grammar rules that don't hold water in today's world of tweets and conversational writing styles. Since the focus of most writing on the web is to get your reader's attention, writing in a relaxed voice is common…and necessary.

    Here are 6 grammar rules you should ignore when writing for the internet masses.


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    Medium levels the playing field for writers. It gives a voice to individuals who have something interesting or important to say. Even if you don't have thousands of followers or your own popular blog, you can still get promoted to the masses. Medium rewards content on quality, not on who or how famous the author is. And the reward for content writers is amplification: thousands of people viewing, reading, and reacting to their articles.


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    I set out on a quest to find if this world has more planners or pants-ers. Alas, there is no definitive answer, at least on the internet. I did, however, determine that most writing instructors ask their students who is a planner and who is a pants-er. This informal poll-taking reports about 50/50.

    So, whether you're a planner or a pants-er, you're in good company. How do we know? Here are some famous authors who plan and those who fly by the seat of their pants.


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    Let's look at the 6 founding principles of influencing and persuading someone to click through, sign up, or buy something.


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    What do we love so much about Elizabeth Bennet? She's strong, and she's feisty. Just because she's expected to act a certain way doesn't mean she'll bend her convictions and change her behavior. She's real, right?


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    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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    New manager, Sir David Brailsford, changed Team Sky's destiny in 2010. His "aggregation of marginal gains" strategy delivered outstanding results for them, and it can work for you too!


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    Lay and lie can trip up the most seasoned writer. Let's do a quick and dirty here so it finally makes sense.


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    Having an author platform will get you nowhere if you don't have an actual book to promote.


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    What do all bloggers have in common? Here are the truths of blogging that you don't hear about, but you experience in short order.


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    There are almost no authors writing female characters that don't depend on a romance subplot to carry a book. That's because the Hero's Journey, Campbell's famous framework for the classic tale of a hero on a quest, doesn't work well for a female protagonist.


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    It's not unusual for bloggers to get distracted with something else and leave their blog unattended for a while. And when you finally found the time or inspiration to continue with it, you encountered issues like outdated topics, fewer subscribers than before and someone else's blog stealing all your glory. You may see these situations as the end of the world, but the truth is that things are not that drastic. With just a little extra effort, you'll have your blog up and running in no time, maybe even turn it into something more successful than it was. And here are some hints how to do it.


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    Not everything about audience building is as cut and dried as the experts would like you to believe. In fact, here's decidedly counterintuitive advice for engaging your target audience.


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