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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.

Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

Building Great Characters: A Guide for Writers

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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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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How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

How Imitation in Writing Can Become the Sincerest Form of Originality

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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The Pros and Cons of Taking Risks in Writing

The Pros and Cons of Taking Risks in 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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7 Ways to Share Your Short Story

7 Ways to Share Your Short Story

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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5 Audiobook Recording Tips for Authors

5 Audiobook Recording Tips for Authors

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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10 Best Books to Improve Your Writing

10 Best Books to Improve Your 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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How to Stay Positive on Your Writing Journey

How to Stay Positive on Your Writing Journey

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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5 Fantasy Fiction Contests: How to Submit Your Writing and Expand Your Audience

5 Fantasy Fiction Contests: How to Submit Your Writing and Expand Your Audience

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

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How to Recover from Critical Reviews

How to Recover from Critical Reviews

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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How (and Why) to Create an Audience Surrogate in Your Fiction Writing

How (and Why) to Create an Audience Surrogate in Your Fiction Writing

Audience surrogates are essential elements of many fictional works. Many stories naturally feature them, but if yours doesn't, consider using the tips in this article. They might help you add a surrogate of your own.

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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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