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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.

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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Audience Surrogate Technique: A Detailed Overview

Audience Surrogate Technique: A Detailed Overview

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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Frame Stories: What They Are and How They Work

Frame Stories: What They Are and How They Work

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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Best Music for Writers

Best Music for Writers

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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Typing and Handwriting: Benefits of Both

Typing and Handwriting: Benefits of Both

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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How to Improve Your Dialogue

How 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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Making Time for Writing

Making Time for Writing

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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How to Write a Shocking Twist Like the Red Wedding

How to Write a Shocking Twist Like the Red Wedding

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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Brands of Horror: How to Scare Your Readers

Brands of Horror: How to Scare Your Readers

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 Use the ProWritingAid Chrome Extension

How to Use the ProWritingAid Chrome Extension

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

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Vivid Verbs: Where to Find Them

Vivid Verbs: Where to Find Them

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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5 Horror Techniques from the Writers of "Hereditary"

5 Horror Techniques from the Writers 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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This Year, Don't Burn Out on NaNoWriMo

This Year, Don't Burn Out on NaNoWriMo

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

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Reading Like a Writer

Reading 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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How to Indie Publish at Low Cost

How to Indie Publish at Low Cost

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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