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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.

What’s the Right Length for My Book?

What’s the Right Length for My Book?

A guide to book length by word count for standard book genres broken down by genre. Here's why book length matters.

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New Novelist? Plan Your Next Writing

New Novelist? Plan Your Next Writing

Starting a novel? Now is the time to set your course. Writing a novel is a lot of work, but the right mindset and action will get you there.

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Editing for Screenwriters: ProWritingAid and Final Draft

Editing for Screenwriters: ProWritingAid and Final Draft

Working on your latest script? In this article, we cover how to use ProWritingAid within Final Draft to improve your writing.

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Villain vs Antagonist: How to Use Each in Your Book

Villain vs Antagonist: How to Use Each in Your Book

Know the difference between antagonist and villain. Read this article for tips on how to use them in your story to create obstacles for your protagonist and build tension for your reader.

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Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Time Saving Tips for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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Want to Step Up Reader Engagement with Your Characters? You Need to Read This First.

Want to Step Up Reader Engagement with Your Characters? You Need to Read This First.

Multi-dimensional human personalities are key to readers relating to your characters. This article offers six tips to create characters that build engagement with readers.

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Why Readability Matters for Your Content

Why Readability Matters for Your Content

Great content is easy to read, concise, and informative. Learn how readability engages readers and improves search engine optimization.

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How to Use Hyphens and Dashes in Business Writing

How to Use Hyphens and Dashes in Business Writing

Hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes help readers clearly understand your message. They look similar but have different uses in your business writing. They help indicate pauses and emphasis in your text. In this article, we cover the uses of hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes with examples for precise business writing.

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The Middle Is the Biggest Part of Your Novel: Keep it Lively

The Middle Is the Biggest Part of Your Novel: Keep it Lively

In this article, we cover how to create a lively middle in your novel that keeps readers engaged.

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How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

Backstory enriches your characters but slows down the story. Zara Altair offers tips on how to use backstory in your novel.

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How to Master the Plot Points that Matter

How to Master the Plot Points that Matter

Even if your writing is stellar and your characters are engaging, your novel will fall flat if you don't master these five key plot points.

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How to Balance Surprise and Suspense in Your Novel

How to Balance Surprise and Suspense in Your Novel

Learn the difference between surprise and suspense and how to use them in your story. In this article, writer Zara Altair breaks down when and where to use each.

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Use Benefits Rather than Features to Connect with Customers

Use Benefits Rather than Features to Connect with Customers

Use benefits in content to create eager customers. Show them how your product or service meets their needs. This article includes tips to discover the benefits customers want from your business.

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Master the Art of Brilliant Blog Post Titles

Master the Art of Brilliant Blog Post Titles

Learn how simple word choice and combinations work to create a blog post title that draws readers to your content.

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Content Creation for a Rich Snippet Win

Content Creation for a Rich Snippet Win

In this article, learn how to prepare content to gain rich snippets in search results for higher visibility.

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