Take a gander at the above picture. What can you infer about the man in this photo? Go ahead, take your time.

All set? Alright, let’s compare notes.

I think this character is a fun-loving guy. Seems like he’s outdoorsy, in good shape, probably a runner, maybe even a former (or current) track and field star. I’m guessing he’s also a risk-taker, since he’s posing for a photo on what looks like a rural highway with intense fog cover. …


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Whether you’re crafting a police procedural, a whodunnit, or a good old-fashioned mystery, you won’t want to miss this week-long crime-writing summit.

We are thrilled to announce our first ever Crime Writer’s Week. It’s jam-packed with events to help crime and thriller authors develop their craft.

Attend live sessions with bestselling authors, including Karin Slaughter, Lisa Gardner, Ian Rankin, Leigh Russell, Peter James, K.J. Howe, Steve Berry, Fiona Cummins, and more.

There will also be workshops on writing and editing crime novels, insider publishing advice from the Deputy Publishing Director for Crime Fiction at Simon & Schuster, as well as…


Even the best writers need a little help sometimes.

Writing is not easy. We so often hear from creative, innovative people that they find it incredibly frustrating to try to clearly communicate their ideas on paper. If you are naturally more right-brained (imaginative), and you find the left-brain (analytical) process of writing and editing difficult, you are not alone.

I hate to imagine how many beautiful stories and ground-breaking insights are stuck in the heads of insecure writers. But help is at hand. We’ve developed an editing tool to help you conquer your worries and strengthen your writing.

Upload your text into the ProWritingAid editing tool and it will…


What’s holding you back?

You’ve got this idea for a book floating around in your head. Maybe it’s a memoir about your unique experience. It could be an entire fantasy world you’ve created during some hard-core daydreaming sessions. Perhaps it’s a YA-sci-fi-mystery-romance.

And you keep thinking:

  • “Maybe I’ll write when I find a new career”
  • “Maybe when I retire”
  • “Maybe when my kids go to school”

Sound familiar? The problem with this mindset is that there are a lot of maybes involved.

Maybes don’t get things done.

At every book event I have ever attended, people come up to talk…


How do you write the perfect villain for your story?

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Writing a great book that readers want to pick up and read, or even re-read, usually involves writing amazing characters people can relate to. That includes writing villains who are relatable.

It might seem counter-intuitive, but from what I’ve seen through my own reading and research, villains simply can’t be one-dimensional… readers pick up on that and don’t like it. That brings us to the question: how do you write the perfect villain for your story?

In this article, you will learn:

  • How to do research about the perfect villain for your genre
  • A few traits that a ‘good’ villain…


What are some classic examples of this style, what makes them so cool, and what can we learn from them?

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Though people don’t write letters like they used to, we writers don’t care. We can bring them back in fiction.

Today, we’re going to cover a lost form of literature, one which I think should make a comeback. It’s called epistolary, and it’s a great form. Let’s cover it.

What Is Epistolary Storytelling?

Epistolary stories are constructed of and told through documents. They’re usually first-person letters written from one character to another, but they might also use newspaper clippings, written testimony, court transcripts, and more. They’re stories told not through traditional prose, but primary accounts from the characters themselves.

As you can see, the…


The secret to productivity isn’t your goals, it’s your systems

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I spent a fair amount of time over the last year and a half being a ghostwriter. Deeply in debt and charging by the word, ghostwriting moved from “a fun way to make money” to “an incredibly stressful experiment in turning myself into a words-producing robot so that bills could be paid.”

In order to pay my bills, I had to produce a certain number of words every month. …


How do you know when to be specific and when to be vague?

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She entered a room. He ate his breakfast. They talked about life.

If you write like this, you’re missing out on an important opportunity. Namely, the chance to be specific! What does the room look like? What’s for breakfast? “Life” is a pretty big topic, so what specifically did they discuss? These sentences are far too vague.

In this article, we’re going to explore specificity in writing. Why is it important, and how can it improve your work? Let’s find out.

The Importance of Specificity

Delia drove down the highway in her old car and ignored the speed limit. It was morning. The vista…


Keep learning with ProWritingAid as the world speeds up again

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ProWritingAid has always offered a range of free events for the writers in our community, but with everyone stuck at home, we approached some of our favorite writing teachers and asked them to donate their time and expertise. You can find all the events and register for free here.

Check out the events below and join us:

ProWritingAid 101 with Founder, Chris Banks


A few things I’ve learned about business that I’ve incorporated into my role as an author

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Authorpreneur is a word for serious authors. Even though this mash-up of the words ‘author’ and ‘entrepreneur’ isn’t in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, understanding what it means could give your author career a huge boost.

Having spent almost 20 years working with small businesses as a public accountant, there are a few things I’ve learned about business that I’ve incorporated into my role as an author. These key things successful entrepreneurs do can help you become successful in your author journey.

Whether you are self-publishing or going the traditional route, as an author, you are a business owner. The sooner you…

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