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Finding Your Unique Authorial Voice

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Every author has a unique voice. It's just a matter of finding it. In this article, fantasy writer Kyle Massa offers his tips on how to discover your authorial voice.

The Introvert Writer's Guide to Promoting Freelance Services

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Many writers are introverts. And introverts make up 47 to 55 per cent of the population. In this article, we'll discuss what being an introvert means and how an introverted writer can effectively promote freelance services without having to "pretend" being an extrovert.

How to Choose Self-Publishing Services

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Today is the golden age of self-published authors. With an excellent idea, some creative juices, the tenacity to complete a manuscript, professional editing, and a robust marketing platform, you can have it published and sold all over the world. Thus, choosing the most appropriate self-publishing service is crucial to your success.

3 Surprising Grammatical Contradictions

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In the English language, rules are made to be broken. Here's a post for all the grammatical lawbreakers out there.

Why You Can’t Stop Learning

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As writers, we must continually fill our minds with new thoughts and ideas, bits of trivia, and information about a wide variety of things. It all comes out eventually in some form in our writing. And most authors I admire claim you must read voraciously if you want to be a good writer.

Overcoming Your Fear: Just Write

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Some writers become paralyzed by the blank page. They have a plot and subplot, characters’ voices, and amazing new worlds swirling in their heads. But when putting pencil to paper (or fingers to keyboard), fear takes over and shuts them down. It's time to stop letting fear win.

Exclamation Point: Use It or Not?

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Exclamation points punctuate the end of a sentence meant to display admiration or express excitement, astonishment, or some other strong emotion. Some people go mad with their exclamation marks!!! (See what we did there?)

In this article, we discuss when, and when not, to use this pesky punctuation.

Improving Your Proofreading Skills

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Proofreading getting you down? These tips will help ensure you never miss a thing.

5 Ways to Make Your Protagonist More Likable

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"I don't like your protagonist." If this is what your readers say, consider these five tips.

Why be Perpendicular When You Can be Parallel?

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Parallel structure is a vital tool for all writers. When structure is parallel, the reader’s flow is uninterrupted. When structure is perpendicular, the reader is thrown off and the content weakened. Learn how to keep your structure straight.

How to Use the Three-Act Structure to Actually Finish Writing Your Novel

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The secret to the plotting success of countless famous stories lies in the three-act structure, which effectively breaks a story into a beginning, middle, and an end. But the three-act structure is so much more than that: it gives your writing a framework that directs you while still giving you ample room for creativity and new ideas. In this article, we examine how to use the three-act story structure.

Apostrophes: Everything You Need to Know

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Apostrophes are like weeds. Sometimes they crop up in the most unexpected places. How do you know when and where to use an apostrophe? In this article, we set the record straight.

Writing Character Voices: Channeling Your Inner Multiple Personalities

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Think of the different voices you use in daily life. You have a certain voice you use with the boss, another one with your partner, and a completely separate one you save for your mother.

How you say things in each different voice results from your background, your education level, where you live, your personality traits and quirks, and to whom you’re speaking. Learn how to harness these voices to create the characters in your book.

What I Learned About Writing From My Film School Friends

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The filmmaking process is long and arduous. Yet each step helps shape and refine the film into a finished product. Here are the lessons all writers can glean from the world of filmmaking.

Is it “Mambo No. 5” or “Mambo No. Five”?

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On the surface, writing with numbers is a simple rule: write out numbers between zero and nine. However — as it is with all grammar — as you dig, the layers get complicated.

7 Legal Tips for Writers

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Plenty of writers make it through their entire careers without any legal troubles. But there are plenty out there who don’t. And while we tend to think of the big and the bad suits like defamation and copyright infringement, there are many kinds of legal trouble you can get into regarding your finances or contracts.

In this article, we review 7 tips to protect your career and keep things running smoothly.

Why You Can’t Afford to Run Out of Ideas

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Are ideas finite? What do writers do when they run out? If you're stuck, these tips can help.

What are the 25 ProWritingAid Reports?

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ProWritingAid analyzes your writing and presents its findings in 25 different reports. Each user will have their own writing strengths and weaknesses and so different reports will appeal to different people.

Remember, all the software can do is highlight potential pitfalls in your writing. It's up to you, the writer, to decide which suggestions work within your specific context, and which ones should be ignored.

Is This the Right Way to Use a Semicolon? And Other Punctuational Concerns

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You can't use a screwdriver to hammer a nail. Likewise, you can't use a semicolon to introduce a list. Here's how to use your grammatical tools the right way.

How to Use Deus Ex Machina Like Stephen King

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Is deus ex machina "Persona Non Grata" in fiction? Here's the case for when it works and when it doesn't.