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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 coaches mystery screenwriters and novelists with story creation. She creates semantic web content for a select clientele.

Write Without Adverbs

Write Without Adverbs

The correct use of adverbs can make your prose shine. Learn how to decide which adverbs to keep and which to eliminate.

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Use the Inverted Pyramid to Make Your Point

Use the Inverted Pyramid to Make Your Point

Use the inverted pyramid to increase engagement, boost SEO, and escalate your social media presence. This is a time-tested writing style that gets to the point.

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Does Your Story Need an Epilogue?

Does Your Story Need an Epilogue?

To epilogue or not to epilogue – that is the question. Should you use an epilogue to wrap up your story, or is that just overkill? We discuss.

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Put On Your Author Hat: First Steps for Writers Becoming a Business

Put On Your Author Hat: First Steps for Writers Becoming a Business

From establishing a business mindset and creating a website to connecting with your readers, here are the beginner steps to creating your author platform.

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The Benefits of Story Subplot

The Benefits of Story Subplot

Add subplots to your novel to make your story more relatable and entertaining. Tips to creating a subplot that works, how subplots enhance your story, and subplot pitfalls.

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Google Keep: The Tool for Marketing Authors

Google Keep: The Tool for Marketing Authors

Authors can use Google Keep for everything from story research and characters to marketing. Find your notes fast with this easy-to-use application.

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Why a Good Cover Sells More Books

Why a Good Cover Sells More Books

Your book cover is the prime marketing tool for your book. Learn the basic elements and how to use them to your advantage to grab readers’ interest.

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How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

Your character bible is the place you collect information about all the characters in your novel so you have easy access to details as you write. In this article, we examine how to create and use a character bible.

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Clues, Evidence, and Red Herrings: Lead Your Reader Down the Mystery Path

Clues, Evidence, and Red Herrings: Lead Your Reader Down the Mystery Path

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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Title Your Novel for Maximum Visibility

Title Your Novel for Maximum Visibility

Wondering what to name your book? We discuss the steps to choosing a title for a novel, how to brainstorm titles, compare them to other titles in your genre, and test for feedback from readers.

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