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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.

The Average Length of Books

The Average Length of Books

A guide to book length by word count for standard book genres broken down by genre. Here's why book length matters.

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4 Top Ways To Get Reviews For Your Book

4 Top Ways To Get Reviews For Your Book

Four critical ways to gain reviews for your book to improve visibility and get readers to make a purchase.

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Best Writing Strategies for New Novelists

Best Writing Strategies for New Novelists

Starting a novel? Now is the time to set your course. Writing a novel is a lot of work, but the right mindset and action will get you there.

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Editing for Screenwriters with ProWritingAid

Editing for Screenwriters with ProWritingAid

Working on your latest script? In this article, we cover how to use ProWritingAid within Final Draft to improve your writing.

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The Difference Between a Villain and an Antagonist

The Difference Between a Villain and an Antagonist

Know the difference between antagonist and villain. Read this article for tips on how to use them in your story to create obstacles for your protagonist and build tension for your reader.

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How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

How Planning a Novel Saves Writing Time for New Novelists

Are you a new writer? Discover why planning speeds up your writing time, and check out these steps for planning your novel.

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How to Develop Engaging Characters Readers Will Love

How to Develop Engaging Characters Readers Will Love

Multi-dimensional human personalities are key to readers relating to your characters. This article offers six tips to create characters that build engagement with readers.

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How to Make Your Content Readable

How to Make Your Content Readable

Great content is easy to read, concise, and informative. Learn how readability engages readers and improves search engine optimization.

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How to Conquer Your Novel’s Middle

How to Conquer Your Novel’s Middle

In this article, we cover how to create a lively middle in your novel that keeps readers engaged.

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How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

How to Use Backstory in Your Novel

Backstory enriches your characters but slows down the story. Zara Altair offers tips on how to use backstory in your novel.

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Five Essential Novel Plot Points

Five Essential Novel Plot Points

Even if your writing is stellar and your characters are engaging, your novel will fall flat if you don't master these five key plot points.

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What's the Difference Between Surprise and Suspense?

What's the Difference Between Surprise and Suspense?

Learn the difference between surprise and suspense and how to use them in your story. In this article, writer Zara Altair breaks down when and where to use each.

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Why Benefits Beat Features in Content

Why Benefits Beat Features in Content

Use benefits in content to create eager customers. Show them how your product or service meets their needs. This article includes tips to discover the benefits customers want from your business.

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How to Come Up with a Great Blog Post Title

How to Come Up with a Great Blog Post Title

Learn how simple word choice and combinations work to create a blog post title that draws readers to your content.

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Is Your Web Content Ready for Rich Snippets?

Is Your Web Content Ready for Rich Snippets?

In this article, learn how to prepare content to gain rich snippets in search results for higher visibility.

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