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emotions

Writer’s List: Emotions

The best stories are, at their core, an emotional journey. The words we use to describe these emotions can be key to painting a vivid and varied picture of your characters’ internal lives. If you’re struggling to think of the right word to describe an emotion, feel free to use this list as a reference: Do…
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June 15, 2018 0

Prepositional Phrases

Prepositional phrases are used to connect a noun or pronoun to another word. Common words used to create prepositional phrases are at, in, for, of, by, over, under, up, and with, among others. For example: The man in the shop bought eggs. We went up the road to see Jim. Prepositional phrases are key to forming relationships between words in…
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June 8, 2018 0
Novellus

Novellus 1.0 Released

Write, Edit, and Publish your book all in one place with Novellus. Organize Split your novel up into Parts, Chapters, and Scenes. Write, outline, and take notes, all in once place. Write Novellus features a flexible RTF text editor along with a distraction free Full Screen writing mode. Edit Novellus features a copyeditor that works…
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June 1, 2018 0

PaperEdit 1.0.2 Released

Full Screen Writing mode Want to focus on just your writing? Full screen mode removes all distractions. Dialogue Edit Mode Step through your dialogue, dialogue tags, and catch common errors in Dialogue Mode. Text To Speech Clicking the audio button on the info bar will speak selected text out loud. Other Improvements: Cleaner UI Various…
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May 29, 2018 0
emotions

Writer’s List: Facial Expressions

Facial expressions can be used, along with dialogue tags, to paint a more vivid picture of your characters and their emotional journey. As you’re writing, however, you might find yourself repeating the same phrases over and over again. Here is a list of facial expressions to help vary things up: Do you have more facial…
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May 8, 2018 0
sticky

Glue Words & Sticky Sentences

Richard Wydick stated that there were two kinds of words: glue words and working words. His idea was that working words carried the meaning of a sentence while glue words bound them together. What do glue words look like? Let’s give an example: The boys are heading to the store to get soda in case they run out of…
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April 24, 2018 0
dialogue tags

Writer’s List: Dialogue Tags

If dialogue adds life to your writing, then variety is the spice of life. That said, it’s pretty common to find yourself repeating the same dialogue tags over and over again. What’s a dialogue tag? It’s the ‘he said’, ‘she asked’, ‘he replied’ phrases that come before or after a piece of dialogue. So what…
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April 17, 2018 0
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How Long Should Your Sentences Be?

The sentence is ground zero for your writing. It’s where the action happens, where style begins to emerge, and where your voice gets to shine. In fact, the entire structure of your essay, screenplay, or novel rests on a foundation of these smallest of literary struts. So what makes a good sentence? There are any…
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April 10, 2018 0

PaperEdit 1.0 Released

We’re proud to introduce PaperEdit, Novellus Software’s first in a suite of tools aimed at make writing easier! Meet Your Highlighters PaperEdit features over half a dozen Highlighters that scour your text and offer suggestions on how to improve it. Highlighters analyze metrics like: Sentence Length Longer sentences are often harder to read. Research shows…
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March 29, 2018 0