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Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice

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What is the passive voice, anyway? As writers, we know that the passive voice is bad. But why? And if it is so bad, how do we fix it?

We take a look at what the passive voice is and a new feature to fix it in ProWritingAid.

Is it Time to Get a Day Job to Support Your Writing?

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You can still write. But when is it time to get a day job?

Similes: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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What are similes and how do they work? We'll show you in this article.

How to Write When You’re Fresh Out of Ideas

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Need some writing tips for those days when you can't think of anything to write? We've got you covered!

Calling All Newbies: The Dialogue Tags Check

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What is the ProWritingAid Dialogue Tags Check? Find out in this article.

Make Readers Fall In Love with Characters, Not Plots

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Channel the power of empathy to connect your readers with your story. Use your main character's vulnerability, disadvantage and context to get your reader to love them.

Where We Write… One Stop for Writers' Character Builder Tool

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Do you struggle to build three-dimensional characters? Maybe plot ideas and scenes come easier to you than fully fleshed characters. As a result, you avoid doing the deep work to understand your characters’ personality, character traits, fears, emotional wounds, behavior, etc.

What is Passive Voice and How Do I Make It Active?

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Passive voice occurs when you take the object of your sentence—the part that the action happens to—and make it the subject of your sentence.

Here are some examples:

  • Passive: The flag was raised by the troops.

  • Active: The troops raised the flag.

What is Irony and Why Do So Many People Get it Wrong?

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What is irony? What's the right way to use it? Find out in this post!

How to Recognize Pseudo-Science in References

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As a professional writer, understanding the validity of your references is key to the quality of your works, especially in non-fiction. Whether you write corporate blogs about what motivates people to keep their online habits or magazine articles on various lesser-known vocations, you'd need several references to back up your arguments.

What Are the Different Types of Verbs?

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Your sentences would lie dead in the water without a verb. Verbs are the most important part of your sentence. But how do you select the right verb to get across your meaning? By understanding the different types of verbs and how they’re used.What is a verb?

How to Crowdfund a Novel

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An Unbound author explains how to make the best of a very non-traditional approach to publishing: crowdfunding.

Agent Advice Part 1: Developmental Editing

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Literary agents are the gatekeepers of the publishing world. Their verdict on a five-page submission can make or break an author’s dreams. It’s critical to ensure your submission catches an agent’s eye and doesn’t immediately get passed upon.

10 Tips to Get Your Work Noticed on Medium

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Want to get your work noticed on Medium? Start here!

Grow Your Email List From Nothing

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The more followers you have, the more likely your book is going to be successful. Here are tips for growing an email list from zero.

Edit with Empathy for Your Reader

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Passion drives writers to complete a manuscript. The editing empathy filter creates a strong reader connection.

How to Use... Readability Scores

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Your ProWritingAid Summary Report will provide you with a variety of readability scores that have been calculated using some of the top tools out there. Here's how to use the scores to improve your work.

Writing Technology Reviews: One Stop for Writers' Character Builder Tool

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Do you struggle to build three-dimensional characters? Maybe plot ideas and scenes come easier to you than fully fleshed characters. As a result, you avoid doing the deep work to understand your characters’ personality, character traits, fears, emotional wounds, behavior, etc.

5 Helpful Tools for the Constant Blogger

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Do you love blogging? Us too! Here are some of our favorite tools.

Writing Technology Reviews: the Character Builder by One Stop for Writers

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Do you struggle to build three-dimensional characters? One Stop for Writers have a new tool that just might help you create the next best-seller. Read all about it!