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How to Use... The Sticky Sentences Report

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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.

How to Use ProWritingAid’s Acronym Report

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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.

How to use... The Sentence Length Report

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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.

Learning How to Write Mystery

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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.

How to Build Worlds like J.R.R. Tolkien

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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.

How to Write Romance like Nora Roberts

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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.

How Nicole Scarano Learned to Love the Edit

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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.

How the Technique of Over-Writing can Benefit Beginning and Blocked Writers

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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.

The Search Tool that Delivers Blog Ideas and Boosts SEO

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As search engine optimization evolves, writers need to focus on the language real people use when they are trying to find an answer online. Discover how to create articles and webpages that answer questions and boost SEO with Answer The Public.

4 Ways to Help Your Students Love Writing

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Do your students hate writing? Mine did, too! These four tips helped me get my students to a place where they loved writing.

Learn to Choose the Right Words Every Time

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When you approach revision, ask yourself the following questions: Am I repeating myself anywhere? Am I using clichés? Am I relying on telling too much, or could I use another detail or two? Is this word/phrase/sentence necessary? How can I say more with less?

In this article, Stacia Fleegal helps us learn to choose the right words, every time.

Which Grammar Rules Do You Follow? And When Is It Okay to Break Them?

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Grammar and writing rules are important, but following them isn't the ultimate goal. Clear and compelling writing is. And sometimes, you need to ignore the writing rules in order to make your point.

Challenge Winner: a case for lowercase

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What writing rules do you like to break? What writing rules do you always follow? How important are grammar rules when it comes to good writing?

Using ProWritingAid's Chapter Bar

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Have you tried ProWritingAid's chapter bar yet? We explain how to use it.

Want to join the ProWritingAid Blogger Team?

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The ProWritingAid Blog has grown massively with over 12 million page views in the last 12 months. We want to build on this amazing momentum—we're aiming to triple that in the coming year!

When the Words Won't Come: Word Explorer

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Use ProWritingAid's Word Explorer to look at any word 14 different ways. Yes, it's true. Here's the list of ways you can check out any given word:

  • Dictionary
  • Reverse Dictionary (this shows you words with your given word in their definition)
  • Thesaurus
  • Lists (lists of dated terms, ironic terms, often used terms)
  • Alliteration (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs with the same letter or sound at the beginning or adjacent to your given word)
  • Clichés (to help you avoid them)
  • Spelling (good to know if you write frequently in American, British, and Australian English)
  • Rhymes
  • Pronunciation
  • Collocations (adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs that come before or after your given word)
  • Common Phrases (2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-word phrases using your given word)
  • Commonly Possessed By (words that can own your given word)
  • Anagrams (in case you need help)
  • Examples (From books and quotes using your given word)

25 Books with Big Ideas

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Sometimes, a book can change the world. In this list, Caroline Jackson explores 25 books with big ideas that had the power to inspire transformation.

Building a World Within a World: Worldbuilding and Historical Fiction

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Good stories require an immersive world to plunge readers into. If you're writing historical fiction, you'll need to pay attention to historical accuracy to ground your characters' relationships, motivations, and conflicts. In this article, author Caroline Jackson shows us how.

The Eagle Problem: Why Authors Must Be Careful with Magic

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Powerful magic is fun in theory, but it can ruin the logic of your plot. Kyle A. Massa covers one of the most infamous examples of this issue and the lessons authors can learn from it.

World-building: What You Need to Know

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If you write science fiction or fantasy, your readers expect to drop into a new world. But regardless of what type of fiction you write, you'll need to build a believable society for your story. We take a look at how.