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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.

Get the Most Out of Your Editor by Preparing Your Manuscript First

Get the Most Out of Your Editor by Preparing Your Manuscript First

Are you a new author? Find out the professional steps you should take to prepare a book manuscript for an editor.

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How to Break Grammar Rules and Connect with Readers

How to Break Grammar Rules and Connect with Readers

Connect with readers using natural language that ignores old-fashioned grammar rules. Here are 10 ways to break the rules and engage your readers.

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Get Gatekeepers’ Attention with Your Script’s First Ten Pages

Get Gatekeepers’ Attention with Your Script’s First Ten Pages

How to introduce your unique and universal story in the first ten pages of your script to make readers – and film producers – care.

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How to Use Clear Writing to Express Big Concepts and Connect with Readers

How to Use Clear Writing to Express Big Concepts and Connect with Readers

How to implement clarity to express big ideas to engage your reader. Help them understand your meaning through readability, the right verbs, and sentence structure.

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How to Integrate Character Traits to Create Believable Characters

How to Integrate Character Traits to Create Believable Characters

Do your characters feel flat? Here's how to develop traits to create three-dimensional characters that come to life in your novel.

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10 Tips to Build a Writing Practice Discipline to Finish Your Novel

10 Tips to Build a Writing Practice Discipline to Finish Your Novel

Writers write. Writing a novel is not a one and done for the day game. It requires the discipline of consistency to complete the manuscript. The challenge of finding time confronts every writer who is not a full-time author. In this article, find out why building a personal writing discipline will help you complete your novel.

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Whodunnit? Keep Your Reader Guessing With Red Herrings, Clues and Evidence

Whodunnit? Keep Your Reader Guessing With Red Herrings, Clues and Evidence

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. There's nothing like a good "who-dun-it!"

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How to Build Your Story Idea and Start Writing Your Novel

How to Build Your Story Idea and Start Writing Your Novel

How to go from story idea to a well-formed novel concept. Begin writing your novel today with the right planning process.

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7 Self-Publishing Traps That Keep New Authors From Success

7 Self-Publishing Traps That Keep New Authors From Success

7 traps that keep new authors from book publishing success. From pre-publishing errors, to book listing oversights, to author online presence, here's how to avoid common mistakes.

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How to Keep Readers Reading with Story Tension

How to Keep Readers Reading with Story Tension

Dramatic questions create external and internal story tension. Create a protagonist who confronts both to keep readers turning pages.

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Eliminate the Non-Words: Clean Up Your Content

Eliminate the Non-Words: Clean Up Your Content

The words you use in your content can strengthen or weaken your prose. In this article, we teach you how to boost the power of your content by eliminating non-words and weak phrases that take up space but dilute your statements.

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Test, Teach, Write, Check: Coach Employees to Be Better Writers

Test, Teach, Write, Check: Coach Employees to Be Better Writers

Do you have a crack team of collage graduates who just can’t get their act together with writing? Don’t be surprised. Over 25% of college graduates lack good writing skills. An investment in their writing is an investment in your business. Follow these steps to manage writing coaching for employees.

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SEO Tips to Get Service Business Customers

SEO Tips to Get Service Business Customers

There are many basic SEO tactics you can do yourself. SEO lets your business connect with the right people who need your service. It doesn’t matter if you are an accountant or a plumber, a business consultant or a landscape architect. Applying these strategies to your online presence will garner more interested clients.

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How to Welcome New Customers with Email: 7 Tips for Customer Engagement

How to Welcome New Customers with Email: 7 Tips for Customer Engagement

Are your onboarding emails bringing in new customers? Or do they seem to disappear into the ether and fail to yield any tangible results? Use these seven tips to engage readers and turn them into devoted customers.

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7 Steps to Structure Your Non-Fiction Book: Reach Readers and Make Sales

7 Steps to Structure Your Non-Fiction Book: Reach Readers and Make Sales

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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