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10 Free Writing Apps and Tools

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There are tons of free writing apps and tools that you can use to improve your writing. Here are ten of our favorites.

Not a Natural Business Writer? Here's How to Write Like One

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There’s a funny story normally attributed to Margaret Atwood:

4 Ways to Make Your Notebook an Essential Part of Your Writing Process

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If you’re like many writers, you buy a new notebook or journal and pen like others buy new clothes. Whether you call it a notebook, diary, or a journal, you need something to capture bits of overheard conversation or dialogue.

Is Your Sloppy Content Turning Customers Away?

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Consider the content on your website and in your blog posts, the product descriptions in your eCommerce store, your lead generation pieces, and your emails. Every word makes an impression on your customers and prospects. Small businesses with remote workers around the world don't have a brick-and-mortar shop. So the face you put forward in your content should represent your company well.

The Nitty Gritty Practical Guide to Giving your Characters Unique Voice

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Character Voice is as difficult to pin down as it is critical.

Plenty of writing advice resources talk about the importance of your main characters each having a unique voice, but how do you achieve that?

The main problem is that all of those characters are essentially coming from the same mind – yours – so you need to find ways to ensure your personal characteristics, speech patterns and nuances don’t all bleed into your characters.

How to Foreshadow Like Alfred Hitchcock

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Foreshadowing allows you to plant clues, hint at what’s to come, build the tension, or even place a red herring in your reader’s path.

You can use foreshadowing in a variety of ways. The resulting action can be immediate or delayed. You can use dialogue or narrative to set the scene, and you can foreshadow a symbolic event or an ethical dilemma. You can use direct or indirect foreshadowing, and it can even be true or false.

Foreshadowing can feed the tension of a scene. Who doesn’t know the famous shower scene in the movie Psycho? Right before the character Marion Crane pulls up to the Bates Motel, her windshield wipers are slashing through the rain, foreshadowing what awaits her in the shower scene.

Are Your Adjectives Powerful?

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An adjective is a word that names an attribute of a noun. Some are strong and paint clear, specific pictures of the thing they are describing. Some are weak and vague and don’t tell us much. Let’s start with an example...

Download Our Free Teacher's Manual Today

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In this guide, we’ll cover what ProWritingAid is and how you can use it in your classroom to build your students’ skills. You’ll find an overview of the ProWritingAid reports with instructions on how to use them in the classroom, as well as sample exercises that you can use with your students. In the appendix, there’s a worksheet students can use to track their changes during editing, which will help them learn how to improve their writing.

How to Use ProWritingAid with GoogleDocs

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It's easy to get up and running on Google Docs with ProWritingAid. Get full access to ProWritingAid's turbo powered grammar checker!

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.

A Complete Guide to Writing Incredible Novel Openings

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What are the most important things to include in your opening chapter? Establish your setting. Introduce elements of your protagonists conflict. Raise important story questions. Make your reader care about your character. Read on to find out more!

Do You Italicize Book Titles?

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Back in the day, people taught students to underline the titles of books, magazines, plays, songs, movies, and other titled works. Now, in most instances, you italicize book titles, songs, and other full-length works like movies. In this guide, we'll cover what to italicize and when.

How to Write an Effective Essay

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As a full-time teaching professor, I estimate I mark close to 900 essays a year across nine intensive marking periods. In every marking period, the same essay writing issues recur. In this article, I want to share with you the 7 biggest things I wish my students knew before they turned up in my college classes.

How to Tell If You’re Transitioning Properly

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Your writing comprises tons of ideas. Linking and connecting them cohesively and eloquently makes your writing easier to understand and helps people follow your logic. Learn how to use transitions effectively here.

How to Design Book Images for Marketing & Social Media Like a Pro

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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!

Literary Agent Mark Gottlieb on the Etiquette of the Editorial Process

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The relationship between writer and editor, or writer and literary agent, is complex. In order to work well together, both parties must work collaboratively. In this post, literary agent Mark Gottlieb shares his experience about how to make that relationship work best for everyone.

7 Mistakes to Avoid in Your Next Presentation

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What was the last presentation you saw that motivated, inspired, and uplifted you? There’s a reason TEDTalks are so popular. These people know how to give great presentations. Wouldn’t you like to learn their tricks?

Not a Natural Business Writer? Here's How to Write Like One

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Writing can be as easy as talking to a friend—especially when you’re not trying to sound like someone you’re not. Use ProWritingAid to catch the technical and stylistic gaffes, then ask a trusted co-worker to read over your work. Another set of eyes will help you find places that need a little extra effort.

11 Top Self-Editing Tips for Getting Your Non-Fiction into Shape

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Want to get better at self-editing your non-fiction? Author Bryan Collins can help. In this article, he'll share 11 great ways to improve, revise, and edit your work.

Turn Your Blog into a Book in 10 Steps

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You’ve been blogging for a while now and the posts are starting to pile up. What's the next step? Turning your blog into a book. We explain how and why.