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The Best Places to Find Free Grammar Help Online

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There are dozens of places to find free grammar help online. In this article, we take a look at ten of the best.

The Smart Way to Spend Your Shoestring Budget

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Say you’ve only got a small amount of money (for example, $250) to spend on marketing your book. What should you spend it on? How can you use those resources most effectively?

Here are our recommendations for what to purchase.

8 Social Media Tips for Authors

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Building a social media presence from scratch, especially if you’ve never invested in anything like that before, can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! In this article, we’ll help you go from zero to social media hero without breaking a sweat – or the bank.

How to Be Your Own Publicist

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A good publicist can make or break your book – but they can also be very expensive! If you're strapped for cash, don't worry! With a little bit of work and a lot of confidence in yourself, you can be your own publicist.

How to Get Your Guest Post Published on Top-Notch Websites

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Today, every content writer wants to get featured on popular niche blogs. But how do you get your post published on top-notch websites that are bombarded with hundreds of guest posting pitches daily? Guest blogger Val Razo offers advice on effective pitching.

Why Growth Rocket Loves ProWritingAid

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Growth Rocket is building a community. And they're using ProWritingAid to help them every step of the way. Follow along with how Growth Rocket uses ProWritingAid in this special post.

Getting Through The Midpoint of NaNoWriMo

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We're halfway through National Novel Writing Month! Here are some tips on making sure you finish.

What's After NaNoWriMo?

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It’s time to burst your bubble. Sorry! The typical paperback novel is between 80,000 and 100,000 words long. Yes, you completed 50,000 words, and that’s an amazing achievement in 30 days. But 50,000 words does not a novel make.

The beauty of NaNoWriMo is that it releases you from worrying about what you’re writing, trying to make it perfect, and instead you just focus on getting words down on the page. And that is a serious accomplishment: 50,000 words in 30 days. NaNoWriMo hopefully taught you that when you’re not seeking perfection, you can get an amazing amount of words out instead of staring at a blank page.

So, sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ve likely got more work ahead on that novel of yours. Here's what you need to know...

How to Be Productive During NaNoWriMo

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Write first. Proofread in December.

It’s all about getting the words down on the page (or the computer screen). We published an article a couple of months ago about ilys, an online platform that only allows you to see the last letter you typed on the screen. You can’t go back and edit—you can only keep typing until you’ve hit your word goal for the day. While this platform may take the “just write, don’t edit” rule further than many writers are comfortable with, the idea remains the same whether you are writing in word, Scrivener or with a quill and ink. Just write.

Punch Up Your Narrative Arc and Character Development

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You’ve survived yet another NaNoWriMo. Congratulations! You’ve just written a book in 30 days. Now what? Kathy Edens tackles this question.

How to Edit Your Your Manuscript

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You wrote a novel! Well done. Reaching the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words in a month is an impressive feat. What's next? The technical writing edit.

What Does the Old Rule “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Mean, Anyway?

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You’ve heard it before, most likely from a teacher, an editor, or your agent. But Anton Chekhov said it most eloquently:

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.

It may seem apparent when Chekhov says it, but sometimes it’s hard to put that advice into practice. There are times when your reader needs to be “told” because brevity is called for. On the other hand, no one wants to read your brain dump on every little matter.

4 Important Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

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Are you ready for NaNoWriMo?

It’s the question most asked this time of year, right before National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) that takes over the month of November every year.

If this is your first time doing NaNoWriMo, don’t stress out too much about it. It’s a huge learning process where you’ll discover what’s most important for you to be able to produce content on a continual basis to move forward towards your end goal of 50,000 words in 30 days.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned over the years is that it’s not so much about the end result. What you have at the end of 30 days will in no shape or form be a novel ready to print. Depending on your genre, novels can be 80,000 words and up. Just understand: you won’t be finished with it on November 30th.

5 Ways to Use Artificial Technology in the Classroom

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Being a teacher is hard. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to use artificial intelligence to make your life and work as a teacher much easier. In this article, we examine five ways to use technology in the classroom.

My NaNoWriMo Game Plan

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If you're taking on NaNoWriMo, you're probably doing something else full-time. Here's a game plan to help you complete the challenge.

Two Words to Ignite Your Creativity

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Prompts are an effective way of getting a writer’s creative juices flowing—but not all prompts are created equal. There’s a totally unique, top-notch prompt out there itching to be discovered: it’s two words long and is guaranteed to lead to a unique story.

The Two-Noun Prompt method is one of the most powerful inspiration tools a writer can use. Learn about it here.

7 Steps to a Powerful Memoir

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It took Joe Bunting five years, thousands of hours, and gallons of sweat and tears to learn how to take his so-so memoir and turn it into an objectively good book. Thankfully, he's distilling all he learned into this article for your enjoyment.

How to Write a Research Paper

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Don’t let writing a research paper fill you with fear. Whether you are creating a term paper, Master’s thesis, or Doctoral dissertation, treat your paper as an expanded essay and enjoy the opportunity to demonstrate your own thinking about a subject. In this article, we look at how to write a research paper.

How to Write a White Paper for Your Business

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In this article, we highlight the steps to creating a white paper that positions your business as an expert and solves a problem for prospective clients. From ideation to finished presentation, here's everything you need to know.

Build Your Article with Paragraph Chunks

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Text written in concise paragraph chunks will facilitate search engine results that deliver the right information in response to search queries. In this article, Zara Altair explains how to use paragraph chunks to improve your SEO.