The Geek Writer: Using Technology to Plan Your Novel – ProWritingAid

If you’re old enough, you remember the days of pen and paper writing, or dragging out the typewriter or word processor to write your novel. Planning your novel typically involved a notebook (or ten) to outline your plot, structure, list of characters, list of places, and timelines. If those notebooks were lost, stolen, or worse,Continue reading “The Geek Writer: Using Technology to Plan Your Novel – ProWritingAid”

The Geek Writer: Using Technology to Self-Publish Your Novel – ProWritingAid

After a painstaking process of planning, writing, and editing your work, it’s time to consider publishing it. For most writers, this is the most exciting and fear-inspiring task (possibly a greater heart-stopping experience than editing alone). Your work will be on display for public consumption, and you want to ensure it’s the best work possible.Continue reading “The Geek Writer: Using Technology to Self-Publish Your Novel – ProWritingAid”

How to Write Multiple Points of View – ProWritingAid

When you’re starting a new story, determining POV is a very important choice. Writing from multiple POVs can be frustrating and confusing for readers if it’s not handled well, so you need to have a very good reason for using multiple POVs in your story. That said, here are a few tips on how toContinue reading “How to Write Multiple Points of View – ProWritingAid”

How to Write Dialogue in a Narrative Paragraph – ProWritingAid

The Chicago Manual of Style, putting dialogue in the middle of paragraphs depends on the context. As in the above example, if the dialogue is a natural continuation of the sentences that come before, it can be included in your paragraph. The major caveat is if someone new speaks after that, you start a newContinue reading “How to Write Dialogue in a Narrative Paragraph – ProWritingAid”

When Do I Need to Hyphenate? – ProWritingAid

Depending on who you subscribe to, you may hear some very different ideas concerning when and how to hyphenate. We’re here to set the record straight: When in doubt, look it up. Yep. This is the one form of punctuation that you’re best off looking up if you’re unsure. And another complication is that variousContinue reading “When Do I Need to Hyphenate? – ProWritingAid”

Create Compelling & Evocative Scenes – ProWritingAid

Scenes are the rising and falling action, and the soft moments in between, that move your story forward. They have a couple of basic purposes: They establish time and place. They give the reader a marker on where and when things are happening. They help develop character. Even if the scene is pure action, youContinue reading “Create Compelling & Evocative Scenes – ProWritingAid”

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