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Articles by Kyle A. Massa

Kyle A. Massa is the author of the short fiction collection Monsters at Dusk and the novel Gerald Barkley Rocks. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and their two cats. Learn more about Kyle and his work at his website, kyleamassa.com.

How to Write Flash Fiction

How to Write Flash Fiction

You know those bite-size candy bars you get for Halloween? Flash fiction is similar; tiny, but still tasty. In this article, we’re going to explore flash fiction and what makes it so fun. Here's what it is, why it's awesome, and how to write it.

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3 Fun Ways to Outline Your Novel

3 Fun Ways to Outline Your Novel

Bored of bullet points? Here are 3 more interesting ways to outline your novel. Whether you prefer pen and paper or a screen, you'll find a method that suits your writing style.

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Indie Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which is Best?

Indie Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing: Which is Best?

Are you ready to strike out on your own and become an independent author? Indie author Kyle A. Massa examines the best reasons to say yes.

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Beginner Email Marketing Tips for Writers

Beginner Email Marketing Tips for Writers

No matter whether you're indie or with a publisher, email marketing is an essential skill for any serious writer. Here are some ways to improve at it.

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How to Write Authentic Settings for Your Novel

How to Write Authentic Settings for Your Novel

"Someone did something somewhere." That's every story at its most basic. The "somewhere" is setting, but "somewhere" isn't especially vivid. Here's how to make your settings feel detailed, interesting, and authentic.

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Selling eBooks from Your Website: A Crash Course

Selling eBooks from Your Website: A Crash Course

Have an author website? You can sell books directly to your readers from it! Here's how to make it work.

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Big Cast: How to Write Stories with Many Characters

Big Cast: How to Write Stories with Many Characters

Writing a story with a huge cast? Here are some tips on managing all those characters, and the plotlines they inevitably create.

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The Dictation Sensation: A Beginner's Guide to Speech-to-Text Writing

The Dictation Sensation: A Beginner's Guide to Speech-to-Text Writing

Have you tried writing by dictation? Many writers are doing it these days. Here's an intro on the subject, plus a few ways to decide if it's right for you.

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Who Are You?: Developing Character Backstory

Who Are You?: Developing Character Backstory

Every great character has a great backstory. Here's how to develop it and choose what to reveal to your readers.

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3 Tips to Spice Up Your Author Email Marketing

3 Tips to Spice Up Your Author Email Marketing

Many writers recognize the value of email marketing. However, it can get tedious after a while, especially if you're doing the same things over and over. Here's how to spice up your email marketing.

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How to Immerse Your Readers With a Rich Fantasy Setting

How to Immerse Your Readers With a Rich Fantasy Setting

A fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo. A strong setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other fictional elements can offer. In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how to build a strong fantasy setting.

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How to Use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Check

How to Use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Check

Dialogue is how your readers learn characters’ thoughts and sometimes their personality traits. The key to effective dialogue is to manage your use of dialogue tags. In this article, we explain how to use ProWritingAid's Dialogue Tag check.

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Why You Should Try Epistolary Storytelling

Why You Should Try Epistolary Storytelling

Epistolary storytelling is a fun technique for any writer. Here's what it is, what to do with it, and why it's fun.

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Stop Killing Younglings: How to Avoid the Storytelling Mistakes of the "Star Wars" Prequels

Stop Killing Younglings: How to Avoid the Storytelling Mistakes of the "Star Wars" Prequels

There were many missteps in the "Star Wars" prequel films, not least of all the invention of Jar-Jar Binks. Here's how to avoid those same mistakes in your work. How wude!

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The Kind Writer's Guide to Offering Respectful Feedback

The Kind Writer's Guide to Offering Respectful Feedback

A good feedback loop is essential for good writing. Yet sometimes it might feel harsh to be honest about another writer's work. Here's how to do it in a respectful—yet still helpful—way.

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