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Improve your Welcome to the ProWritingAid API

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Thanks for purchasing an API bundle. The bundle is now available for you to use.

ProWritingAid is Hiring: Marketing and Customer Support Assistant

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Marketing and Customer Support Assistant

Take a Quick Tour of the ProWritingAid Desktop App

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Ready to take a quick tour of the ProWritingAid desktop app? Let's go!

It's not too late to register for the Women in Publishing Summit

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Write, Publish, Sell is excited to bring you the Women in Publishing Online Summit, featuring women who are making their mark in every aspect of the self-publishing industry. Besides featured speakers, we’re hosting panels on hybrid publishing, editing, designing book covers and more.

How to Write a Mind-Blowing Plot Twist Like Gone Girl

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As an author, don’t you want to create the mind-blowing plot twist that leaves readers begging you to write more books? Maybe the kind that result in big movie deals… Wait, if your writing is a means to an end, it’s doubtful your plot twist will make the big bang needed to get on the big screen. Because you can’t force a plot twist; readers will smell it a mile away.

Plot twists can happen in the middle of your story, creating a feverish tension that keeps readers turning the pages to see how this new twist will play out next. Other plot twists happen at the climax of a story, resonating with you long after the last page.

How to Create Your Best Writer’s Life

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Writing is a business like any other. You’re creating a product you hope customers will buy and fall in love with. That way, you can continue creating new products people want. Regardless if you’re a fiction writer or a copywriter, you run your own business. And you must approach it like a business if you want to be successful.

Fiction writers who understand the publishing industry and what readers want will thrive. Copywriters who can engage and compel readers to act will succeed. Both must become master marketers to promote their business and make money.

Here are the building blocks of a solid business that will help you create your best writer’s life.

Why You Should Learn to Tell a Good Story

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Stories have been with us since the beginning of time. Before the written word, if you wanted to pass information to the next generation, you told a story. The same is true today. We’re all storytellers.

Does Your Writing Need a Paramedic?

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Way back in 1979, Dr. Richard Lanham felt he had to do something about the deadly prose most business people were writing. He knew he could pump verbal oxygen into the near-dead corpse of corporate language. So, he set out to revitalize writing by creating the Paramedic Method to breath life back into dead sentences. This method aims to help writers learn to write more concisely, persuasively and actively. The Paramedic method

Recruiting: The ProWritingAid Blogging Team

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We're putting together a team of writers for the ProWritingAid Blog. Team members will be diverse in their knowledge and specialities, but all share a love of writing.

If Your Client Is Any of These Five Types, You’re Better Off with None

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If you are reading this post, you are probably one of my bookworm friends who has always loved reading news and novels, discussing serious themes, and then enjoyed writing about it all even more. You became a freelance blogger looking forward to landing the first client and starting what you think should become a sensational career in online writing.

But don’t get excited too early, my friend. A perfect job does not exist because you don’t control things. According to professional writers at ResumesPlanet, a content creator’s work depends predominantly on the nature of his clients and the relationship they establish.

For this reason, you need to prepare for clients with all sorts of annoying traits and awkward demands. In this article, I will reveal 5 types of first clients that you’d rather avoid.

Nonfiction Rules! 8 Reasons Why You Should Write Nonfiction Books

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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I wrote my first short story in the second grade, so naturally, I assumed I would someday write The Great American Novel. But when I sat down to tackle the task, it turned out that fiction wasn’t my strength, and that’s putting it mildly. I had to face reality—I completely lacked the imagination needed to write compelling stories.

When it's Right to be Wrong

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The definition of grace, usually ascribed to Jacqueline Kennedy, is making others feel comfortable. We don’t typically associate “grace” and “grammar,” but there are those occasions when it’s perfectly acceptable to be grammatically incorrect. To do otherwise may make you appear elitist.First, the Simple Rule for the Correct use of Pronouns

Nonfiction Rules! 8 Reasons Why You Should Write Nonfiction Books

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I’ve wanted to be a writer since I wrote my first short story in the second grade, so naturally, I assumed I would someday write The Great American Novel. But when I sat down to tackle the task, it turned out that fiction wasn’t my strength, and that’s putting it mildly. I had to face reality—I completely lacked the imagination needed to write compelling stories.

When it’s Right to be Wrong

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The definition of grace, as ascribed to Jacqueline Kennedy, is making others feel comfortable.

We don’t typically associate “grace” and “grammar,” but there are those occasions when it’s perfectly acceptable to be grammatically incorrect. To do otherwise may make you appear elitist.

This article looks at correct usage of pronouns and prepositions, followed by a quick glance at those instances when, grammatically speaking, it’s right to be wrong.

If Your Client is Any of These Five Types, You’re Better Off with None

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Freelance writers need to be prepared for clients with all sorts of annoying traits and awkward demands, but there are some that simply aren't worth your time. Here are five types of clients that you need to avoid.

The Little-Known Secret to a Successful Freelance Business

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The truth is, it’s possible to ‘win’; to have a profitable writing business. You just need one thing. Yes, just the one.

Can you guess what that thing is?

Using Adverbs: An Easy Guide

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Here’s the truth about adverbs. They aren’t inherently good or bad: it’s all in how you use them. Let’s unpack when you should—and shouldn’t—use adverbs.

Why an Editing Tool is Like a Hovering Librarian

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Imagine a kindly, bespectacled woman with fresh, minty breath hovering over your shoulder as you pour words out on the screen. Her critical task is to help you make every word choice the best and to guide you to clearer, more concise sentences. She has your literary best interests at heart.

Writing Characters & Making Decisions: "What Kind of Story Are You Telling?"

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Let’s look at the four types of stories that Orson Scott Card says comprises every novel: "MICE" which stands for milieu, idea, character, event.

How Not to Write a Sales Letter

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Sales letters are excellent tools for companies to generate leads. Whether you’re strictly on-line or a brick-and-mortar business, both snail mail sales letters and emails can drum up hot leads that you can convert into sales. But—and this is big—only if you get it right.

Copywriters and content marketers should hone their sales letter skills. At some point, a client may ask you to write a bona fide sales letter, prospecting email, or a landing page. They all need certain elements to convert.

There are plenty of "experts" out there who spout off how best to write a sales letter. Let’s focus on what not to do when writing your sales letter so you can avoid these common pitfalls.