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    How you open an email, especially to someone you don’t know, is your only chance to make a good first impression. In this article, we explain the best ways to start off a cold email.


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    One of the biggest problems that creative people face is how to take their imagined ideas and communicate them clearly and effectively in writing. I dread to think how many incredible adventures, concepts, and viewpoints are locked up in the brains of people who struggle with the technical elements of writing. The part of the brain that we use for imaginative thinking is quite different from the part that actually crafts the sentences. And the quickest way to lose a reader’s confidence—even if your ideas are water-tight—is to present them with clumsy, awkward, error-filled writing.


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    Many writers have been cheated by vanity publishers. In this article, we examine what that means and how to avoid it.


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    You don't need a PhD to become a successful academic editor. With earnest effort, any scrupulous editor will be able to tackle academic editing sooner rather than later. This article tells you how.


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    Have you heard of Doug the Pug or Grumpy Cat? Here’s how to start your own pet blog.


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    Focus and creativity are two things that writers desperately need. Meditation can help writers get what they need to make sure they are on track with their writing goals.


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    What's better? "Yours sincerely" or "yours faithfully"? It depends on which side of the pond you fall.


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  • 08/18/19--17:00: Start a Blockbuster Blog
  • Before Jeff Goins started Goinswriter.com, he tried and failed at starting many other different blogs. In this article, he synthesizes everything he's learned into one master post about starting a successful blog.


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    Blogging can be a true springboard to the career and life you want. But its benefits are only possible if you blog intelligently and really wow your readers. Bad articles won’t help you reach your goals. In fact, writing them can be a huge waste of time.

    In this article, Dave Chesson looks at 5 of the most common mistakes he sees newbie bloggers making and tells how to avoid them.


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    Book Brush is an easy way to create book marketing images for blogs and social media channels. No graphic design training necessary!


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    A good introduction is one of the most important elements of your paper. Academic articles with great introductions gather widespread favor, as do blog posts, articles, essays, and other digital content. The best way to learn how to write a great introduction is by studying those done well.

    In this article, we examine how to open an academic paper.


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    Dialogue is how your readers learn characters’ thoughts and sometimes their personality traits. The key to effective dialogue is to manage your use of dialogue tags. In this article, we explain how to use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Tag check.


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    A sticky sentence is one that is full of glue words.

    Glue words are the empty space that readers need to get through before they can get to your ideas. If your sentences contain more than 45% glue words, they should probably be re-written to increase clarity. Here's how and why.


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    An acronym is an abbreviation formed from the first letters of a string of words pronounced as its own word. For example, consider the acronym NASA. You know how it’s pronounced as a separate word, but it comprises the first letters of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Today, many people communicate in acronyms and abbreviations. You may have seen some of these, especially in social media.


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    Varied sentence length is an important feature of good writing. To maintain your readers’ interest, use a variety of sentence lengths: some short and punchy, others long and flowing.

    The late Gary Provost illustrated it best. Click through to see how.


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    When writing mystery, manipulating your target audience to keep them turning pages is key. Here's how to write like Agatha Christie.


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    When you build another world, you’re responsible for creating everything from the flora and fauna surviving in this new universe to a variety of species, including man, who inhabit your world. Here's how to do it.


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    One of the most prolific romance writers, Nora Roberts, writes a new romance novel every 45 days. How does she do it? We examine.


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    Nicole Scarano never thought she would be an author, yet here she is: one book published and another due this year. This is the story of how that happened.


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    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.