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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.

Analogy vs Metaphor: Understand the Differences

Analogy vs Metaphor: Understand the Differences

Do you know the difference between analogies and metaphors? In this article, we explain each literary device and how to use them in your writing.

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How to Structure a Novel Chapter

How to Structure a Novel Chapter

Is the structure of your book important? Certainly! You should pay attention to the structure of both your overall book and your individual chapters. In this article, we examine how to structure a book chapter effectively.

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Grammarly vs Hemingway vs ProWritingAid

Grammarly vs Hemingway vs ProWritingAid

ProWritingAid, Grammarly, and Hemingway are writing tools used to help improve your spelling and grammar. But which is best? In this article, we compare the three software.

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PaperRater Alternative—Which is Best for You?

PaperRater Alternative—Which is Best for You?

Unsure if you should use ProWritingAid or Paper Rater? Compare price, features, and usability of the two writing apps in this article.

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Outwrite: Is There a Better Grammar Checker?

Outwrite: Is There a Better Grammar Checker?

ProWritingAid and Outwrite go beyond grammar to make improvements to the style and substance of your writing. Learn more about each tool in this article.

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Former or Latter: Which Do You Use and When?

Former or Latter: Which Do You Use and When?

What's the difference between former and latter? Learn how to use former and latter correctly in this article.

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Alliteration: Definition and How to Use It to Improve Your Writing

Alliteration: Definition and How to Use It to Improve Your Writing

Alliteration is a literary device using multiple words that start with the same sound in order to create a pleasant ring in the reader's mind. In this article, we break down how to use alliteration in your writing.

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 What Is Figurative Language? How to Use It In Your Writing

What Is Figurative Language? How to Use It In Your Writing

What is figurative language? Figurative language means using literary devices, techniques, and figures of speech to heighten sensory response and add meaning, clarity, or impact to your writing. In this article, learn what figurative language is and see examples of how to use it in your work.

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The Ultimate List of Negative Adjectives

The Ultimate List of Negative Adjectives

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: Everything You Need to Know

Dashes vs Hyphens: Everything You Need to Know

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 Plan Your Thriller Novel: Templates, Top Tips and More

How to Plan Your Thriller Novel: Templates, Top Tips and More

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 a Crime Novel Step by Step

How to Outline a Crime Novel Step by Step

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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Create Crime Characters to Thrill Your Readers

Create Crime Characters to Thrill 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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Crime Novel Ideas

Crime Novel Ideas

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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Good Leaders Set Their Company's Language

Good Leaders Set Their Company's Language

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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