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Self-Edit with ProWritingAid

Over the last eleven years, I’ve used nearly every tool out there for writing, editing, and formatting that I could get my hands on. Grammarly, Hemingway, PerfectIt, Scrivener, Word, and more. But there’s one tool I took a leap of faith on without trying it first, and I’m so glad I did. In 2018, I bought a lifetime license for ProWritingAid. It is the most useful tool for me as a writer once I hit the self-editing stage. It’s helped me tighten up my writing, and I swear it’s helped me become a better author. It integrates with Scrivener, so I don’t have to go back and forth between programs,…

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A Simple, Organized Life

A Simple, Organized Life
My overarching goal this year is to simplify my life so I have time and energy to focus on what I want rather than having my attention pulled in fifty other directions. I have an inkling this might be one of your goals too.

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Changing a Character’s Name

I’ve gotten nearly 90K words into my story and I had a change of heart. I had to change the name of a secondary character because it just wasn’t working. Part of it was that I hadn’t considered her last name. How dumb is that? Luckily, it’s going easier this time around.  The last time I did this in a story, I struggled forever. In fact, I’m still struggling with that change, the character’s old name popping into my head when I tell people about my novel. It’s crazy how ingrained these names become. One tool that helped me a lot this time was the Baby Name Explorer on babycenter. I love the…

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