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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.

Red Herrings: Mystery Clues that Aren’t Clues

Red Herrings: Mystery Clues that Aren’t Clues

What is a red herring in a story? This article contains tips for successful use of red herrings to confound your protagonist and your readers.

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 Build Your Article with Paragraph Chunks

Build Your Article with Paragraph Chunks

Text written in concise paragraph chunks will facilitate search engine results that deliver the right information in response to search queries. In this article, Zara Altair explains how to use paragraph chunks to improve your SEO.

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How to Write a White Paper for Your Business

How to Write a White Paper for Your Business

In this article, we highlight the steps to creating a white paper that positions your business as an expert and solves a problem for prospective clients. From ideation to finished presentation, here's everything you need to know.

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The Search Tool that Delivers Blog Ideas and Boosts SEO

The Search Tool that Delivers Blog Ideas and Boosts SEO

As search engine optimization evolves, writers need to focus on the language real people use when they are trying to find an answer online. Discover how to create articles and webpages that answer questions and boost SEO with Answer The Public.

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Edit with Empathy for Your Reader

Edit with Empathy for Your Reader

Passion drives writers to complete a manuscript. The editing empathy filter creates a strong reader connection.

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Clean Up Your Content: Eliminate the Non-Words

Clean Up Your Content: Eliminate the Non-Words

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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Take the Homonym/Homophone Challenge!

Take the Homonym/Homophone Challenge!

Hung up on homonyms? Learn the top five most common word confusions and how to be precise in your meaning.

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Why Concept-Based Content Gets Better Search Results

Why Concept-Based Content Gets Better Search Results

In this article, we explore the benefits of concept-based content for writers, readers, and search engines. Find out how to start using concept-based content for better search results.

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Make Readers Fall In Love with Characters, Not Plots

Make Readers Fall In Love with Characters, Not Plots

Channel the power of empathy to connect your readers with your story. Use your main character's vulnerability, disadvantage and context to get your reader to love them.

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Are You Talking at Your Customers or Speaking to Them?

Are You Talking at Your Customers or Speaking to Them?

Clear, direct content focused on your customers' needs will make sure you're talking to them, not speaking at them. Here's how to do it.

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Do You Know the Most Important Role of Your Supporting Characters?

Do You Know the Most Important Role of Your Supporting Characters?

Supporting characters are designed to move your story forward. Discover their relationship to story context and how that influences the way you write them.

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Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

Kill the Thought Verbs! Get Readers Involved

Verbs like "know," "remember," and "imagine" are thought verbs that happen inside a character’s head. They slow the story down. Learn how to replace them with action and detail.

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 Supercharge Your Author Career with a Series

Supercharge Your Author Career with a Series

Creating a series can boost your author career and simplify your novel writing. You’ll create benefits as a writer and increase your marketing power. Author Zara Altair offers tips on writing a series.

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How to Start a Ghostwriting Career

How to Start a Ghostwriting Career

Want to start a career as a ghostwriter? These tips can help.

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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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