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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.

The Art of the Frame Story

The Art of the Frame Story

What is a frame story, how does it work, and why would someone write one? In this article, we'll define frame stories, explore a few examples, then offer some tips on how to write your own.

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Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing

Ignite Your Creativity: The Best Music to Listen to While Writing

Does music help you write? If so, you'll dig this article. We'll cover classical music, songs that match your project, movie soundtracks, nostalgic hits, and more.

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Handwriting vs. Typing: Which Is Better?

Handwriting vs. Typing: Which Is Better?

Which is the better way to write: by hand, or by typing? Is there one right answer? Here's an author's point of view.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Dialogue

3 Ways to Improve Your Dialogue

Dialogue is an integral part of most narrative fiction. When characters speak to one another, they reveal personality, plot, and conflict. However, it can be challenging to give our characters the right things to say. Let's work on it in this article.

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Finding the Time to Write: Some Tips for Success

Finding the Time to Write: Some Tips for Success

Need to save some time on your writing? Here's how to be more efficient with your work without taking shortcuts.

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George R.R. Martin and the Art of the Shocking Twist

George R.R. Martin and the Art of the Shocking Twist

George R.R. Martin's Red Wedding is perhaps one of the most unexpected and visceral moments in commercial literature history. Here's why it worked so well, and how you can put similar moments into your work.

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5 Brands of Horror and How to Use Them Effectively

5 Brands of Horror and How to Use Them Effectively

Horror is all about psychology. In this article, author Kyle A. Massa analyzes not only what scares readers, but why it scares them.

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Getting Started with the ProWritingAid Chrome Extension

Getting Started with the ProWritingAid Chrome Extension

Have you tried ProWritingAid's dynamite Google Chrome extension? Here's how to get started.

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How to Use More Vivid Verbs

How to Use More Vivid Verbs

Bland verbs make for mundane stories. Some might be permissible or even necessary. But too many boring verbs pull the life out of even the liveliest writing. So what are some ways to use more vivid verbs? Let’s discuss.

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The Top 5 Horror Techniques of "Hereditary"

The Top 5 Horror Techniques of "Hereditary"

Hereditary is a masterwork of horror, both visually and in terms of writing. Here are five writing techniques that make it especially chilling.

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Getting Through the Midpoint of NaNoWriMo

Getting Through the Midpoint of NaNoWriMo

We're halfway through National Novel Writing Month! Here are some tips on making sure you finish.

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How to Read Like a Writer

How to Read Like a Writer

Great writers also tend to be great readers. Reading intentionally, rewriting what you read, and analyzing structure are just a few ways you can use your reading to support your writing. In this article, we look at some reading exercises you can use to develop your own writing style.

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Indie Publishing on a Budget

Indie Publishing on a Budget

Have a story you need to tell, but afraid you don't have the budget? Here are some tips for publishing your story without breaking the bank. Here's how you can become an indie author on a budget.

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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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