Hey romance writers!
Join us for our FREE Romance Writers’ Week Oct 11-15
Learn More
You're Currently Browsing:

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.

The Mystery of Writing a Whodunit Unlocked

The Mystery of Writing a Whodunit Unlocked

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.

Read more
What Is a Plot Hole?

What Is a Plot Hole?

How to recognize plot holes in your novel and top tips for fixing them. Master these skills to give your reader an immersive experience.

Read more
How Does Story Development Work for a Script?

How Does Story Development Work for a Script?

An introduction to story development for script writers. From your vision to the final piece, be prepared to need a tough skin. Here's what to expect.

Read more
Grammar Tips To Make You Sound Smarter

Grammar Tips To Make You Sound Smarter

When you want to sound smart, using good grammar will help you reach and connect with your audience. Like common sense, grammar helps your reader understand without being baffled. From word choice to punctuation to citations, here's how to show your smarts by writing it right.

Read more
10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them

10 Common Plot Problems and How to Fix Them

Finding plot holes is half the problem, knowing how to fix them is the other half. We take a look at ten plot problems and what to do to make your story stronger.

Read more
How to Find a Great Proofreader

How to Find a Great Proofreader

Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to find and correct production errors in the text. Copy-editing is the final stage of editing before you publish your manuscript. Learn which one you really need, and how to find the right editor for your book.

Read more
How to Fictionalize Your Town in Your Novel

How to Fictionalize Your Town in Your Novel

It’s easy to use your real town in your novel because you know all the setting details—weather, culture, town history, local politics. But even if set in a real place, you’ll be surprised at how much you don’t know and the research you still have to do to write a convincing novel. In this article, find out how to fictionalize your town to use its details in your novel.

Read more
How In Medias Res Works in Story

How In Medias Res Works in Story

When writers begin things in the middle, they plunge the reader into things that are already happening. No intro. No backstory. No weather description. Action is happening, and the reader is right there. Find out how to use _in medias res_ to capture your readers' attention.

Read more
How to Outline a Book Series

How to Outline a Book Series

Learn how to plan your book series from overall theme to individual books. Follow these top tips for success.

Read more
Is Your Book Manuscript Ready for an Editor?

Is Your Book Manuscript Ready for an Editor?

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

Read more
10 Grammar Rules You Can Forget

10 Grammar Rules You Can Forget

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

Read more
Master the First Ten Pages of Your Script

Master the First Ten Pages of Your Script

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

Read more
How to Avoid Dumbed-Down Writing and Still Communicate Clearly

How to Avoid Dumbed-Down Writing and Still Communicate Clearly

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.

Read more
How to Write Believable Fictional Characters

How to Write Believable Fictional Characters

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

Read more
How to Build Discipline in your Writing Practice

How to Build Discipline in your Writing Practice

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.

Read more
Writing Resources
Subscribe for writing hacks, special offers and free stuff
We will not share your details

Grammar Guide

Learn everything you need to know about grammar.

Improve your grammar

Great Writing, Made Easier.

A grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package.

Try it for free today.

Sign up