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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.

Do You Need a Comma Before "Such As"?

Do You Need 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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Weather Symbolism in Fiction Literature: Learn How to Use It

Weather Symbolism in Fiction Literature: Learn How to Use It

The weather is under-used in fiction. Learn how and why to use the weather in your next novel.

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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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Fantasy Settings: Top 5 Ideas to Create Your Perfect World

Fantasy Settings: Top 5 Ideas to Create Your Perfect World

A strong fantasy setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other fictional elements can offer. This article explains how to build a powerful fantasy setting.

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Types of Horror Fiction: 5 Subgenres Explained

Types of Horror Fiction: 5 Subgenres Explained

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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How to Create a Fictional Universe Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

How to Create a Fictional Universe Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)

Want to create a fictional universe like Marvel's? You've come to the right place.

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OFC Meaning: What Does It Mean and Stand For?

OFC Meaning: What Does It Mean and Stand For?

Have you ever seen the internet or text abbreviation OFC and wondered what it means? In this article, we discuss the meaning of OFC and how to use it correctly.

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How to Use the ProWritingAid Dialogue Check

How to Use the ProWritingAid 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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Writing Stories with Many Characters: How to Do It

Writing Stories with Many Characters: How to Do It

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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How to Type E with an Accent

How to Type E with an Accent

Have you encountered a word like "fiancée" that has an e with an accent? In this article we break down what an accented e means, how it's pronounced, and teach you how to create é using keyboard shortcuts.

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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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