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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.

Should You Use a Comma Before "such as"?

Should You Use a Comma Before "such as"?

Should you use a comma before "such as"? We explain how to correctly punctuate a sentence using "such as" in this article.

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How to Find Inspiration When It Won’t Find You

How to Find Inspiration When It Won’t Find You

Do you want to write but aren't sure where to start? In this post, we offer tips for finding writing inspiration... even if you feel lost!

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What does it mean when someone sends me OFC?

What does it mean when someone sends me OFC?

Do you know what "OFC" means? In text-messaging, "OFC" typically stands for "of course" (or "of f*cking course"). In writing, "OFC" can also stand for "original female character." Learn the meaning of OFC here.

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Everyday vs Every Day: When and Why to Use Them

Everyday vs Every Day: When and Why to Use Them

"Everyday" is an adjective used to describe something ordinary or usual. "Every day" is a phrase that means "each day." Here's how to correctly use "everyday" vs "every day."

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Hemingway vs. ProWritingAid: Which Is Best?

Hemingway vs. ProWritingAid: Which Is Best?

Unsure whether you should use ProWritingAid or Hemingway? Compare price, features, and usability of the two writing apps in this article.

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How to Write Great Characters

How to Write Great Characters

Character development is all about drawing readers' attention to the right details at the right time—and that's only the beginning! In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how voice, physical description, and backstory can bring your characters to life.

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How to Outline Your Novel

How 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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Imitation in Writing: Using It to Find Your Voice

Imitation in Writing: Using It to Find Your Voice

As writers, we often begin by imitating the work of our predecessors. How do we go from that stage to the next, when we discover our unique voices as writers? This article should get you started.

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Should I Take Risks in My Writing?

Should I Take Risks in My Writing?

Is your writing risky enough? Or maybe too risky? Either way, let's examine some reasons you may (or may not) want to take some risks with your work.

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Short Stories: How to Share Them

Short Stories: How to Share Them

Short stories aren't quite as easy to sell as novels. Do you have a story you're fond of, yet you're unsure how to use it? If so, this article is for you.

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How to Make an Audiobook

How to Make an Audiobook

Author Kyle Massa shares five things to consider when you start recording your own audiobooks. Spoiler alert: it's not as difficult as you'd think!

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Great Books on Writing

Great Books on Writing

From Le Guin to King, many writers have weighed in on writing itself. Here are some fantastic books that will help make your work even better.

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Positive Mindsets for Writers

Positive Mindsets for Writers

Writing isn't all fun all the time. Rejection, obscurity, disappointment, criticism—we'll encounter them all. Next time you do, I hope this article helps you.

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Fantasy Writing Contests: A Guide for Authors

Fantasy Writing Contests: A Guide for Authors

Are you a fantasy writer looking to find a larger audience? Try submitting your work to these writing contests!

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Bad Reviews: How to Handle Them

Bad Reviews: How to Handle Them

Every published author, no matter how good they are, gets a bad review every once in a while. They can hurt, but here's how you can feel better about them.

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