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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.

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 Fictionalize Your Home Town in Your Novel

How to Fictionalize Your Home Town in Your Novel

It’s easy to use your town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, and local politics. Find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.

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How to Structure Your Non-Fiction Book

How to Structure Your Non-Fiction Book

Thinking of writing non-fiction? Follow these seven structural steps for a book that will engage readers, lead them to success, and drive sales.

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How to Write a Whodunit: Tips and Plot Twist Ideas

How to Write a Whodunit: Tips and Plot Twist Ideas

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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Murder Mystery Clues: How to Write, Ideas, Types of Clues and Examples

Murder Mystery Clues: How to Write, Ideas, Types of Clues and Examples

Discover the difference between clues, evidence and red herrings. Then, scatter them throughout your mystery novel to lead the detective and your reader down the discovery path to solving the puzzle.

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How to Write a Mystery Detective Character: 6 Steps for Success

How to Write a Mystery Detective Character: 6 Steps for Success

How to create a sleuth readers will love. Check this strategy to build your mystery protagonist from concept to detail.

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Effect vs Affect: Examples of When You Should Use Them

Effect vs Affect: Examples of When You Should Use Them

Not quite sure when to use "effect" or "affect"? This article is for you! In it we have dozens of examples of how to use effect vs. affect correctly in your writing. Check it out now!

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Me or I - When to Use Each

Me or I - When to Use Each

Do you get confused trying to remember when to use "me" and when to use "I"? We break down the difference between these two pronouns in this article.

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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 PaperRater? 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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