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Articles by Zara Altair

Zara Altair writes traditional mysteries set in ancient Italy under Ostrogoths rule in [The Argolicus Mysteries.] She teaches mystery screenwriters and novelists at [Write A Killer Mystery]. She creates semantic web content for a select clientele.

Negative Adjectives:  Over 800 Examples You Can Use

Negative Adjectives: Over 800 Examples You Can Use

Negative adjectives are useful for describing unpleasant people and things. In this article, you'll find hundreds of negative adjectives you can use.

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Dashes vs Hyphens: Explanation and Examples

Dashes vs Hyphens: Explanation and Examples

Hyphens and dashes look similar but have different meanings and uses. While hyphens join together words or parts of words, dashes indicate a pause or range. Discover everything you need to know about hyphens and dashes in this article.

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How to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to Write a Pulse-Pounding Thriller

How to plan a thriller novel with exciting characters and tight suspense to keep your reader on the edge of their seat.

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How to Outline Your Crime Novel: Modifying the Hero's Journey

How to Outline Your Crime Novel: Modifying the Hero's Journey

We look at how to modify The Hero’s Journey to outline a crime novel readers will love. Your imagination is key to developing characters and situations that make your story unique.

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Creating Crime Characters: How to Craft a Cast that Thrills Your Readers

Creating Crime Characters: How to Craft a Cast that Thrills Your Readers

Introduction to creating characters for crime fiction. Best approaches for the character tropes to engage readers in your story.

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Who? What? Why? Crime Novel Ideas to Spark Your Writing Imagination

Who? What? Why? Crime Novel Ideas to Spark Your Writing Imagination

Ideas for creating a unique crime novel come from asking who, what, and why questions. This list will help spark your imagination.

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Language Guidelines for Clear Team Communication

Language Guidelines for Clear Team Communication

Before a leader writes articles, white papers, emails, and internal communications, they need to establish a language that resonates throughout the business. In this blog post, we explore how to create language guidelines for clear communication within your team.

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Unlock the Mystery of Writing a Whodunit

Unlock the Mystery of Writing a Whodunit

Your introduction to writing a whodunit, from the cast of characters you need to a framework to construct the puzzle at the heart of your mystery.

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The Plot Hole Challenge: Find and Fix Them to Immerse Your Reader

The Plot Hole Challenge: Find and Fix Them to Immerse Your Reader

How to recognize plot holes in your novel and top tips for fixing them. Master these skills to give your reader an immersive experience.

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When Your Screenplay Meets Story Development

When Your Screenplay Meets Story Development

An introduction to story development for script writers. From your vision to the final piece, be prepared to need a tough skin. Here's what to expect.

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14 Grammar Tips to Make Your Writing Sound Smart

14 Grammar Tips to Make Your Writing Sound Smart

When you want to sound smart, using good grammar will help you reach and connect with your audience. Like common sense, grammar helps your reader understand without being baffled. From word choice to punctuation to citations, here's how to show your smarts by writing it right.

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10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them in Your Fiction Novel

10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them in Your Fiction Novel

Finding plot holes is half the problem, knowing how to fix them is the other half. We take a look at ten plot problems and what to do to make your story stronger.

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How to Find the Right Proofreader for Your Novel

How to Find the Right Proofreader for Your Novel

Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to find and correct production errors in the text. Copy-editing is the final stage of editing before you publish your manuscript. Learn which one you really need, and how to find the right editor for your book.

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How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

How to Fictionalize Your Home Town for Your Story Setting

It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.

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Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

Connect with Readers When You Start "In Medias Res"

When writers begin things in the middle, they plunge the reader into things that are already happening. No intro. No backstory. No weather description. Action is happening, and the reader is right there. Find out how to use _in medias res_ to capture your readers' attention.

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