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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.

Flash Fiction: A Crash Course

Flash Fiction: A Crash Course

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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Traditional Publishing vs. Indie Publishing

Traditional Publishing vs. Indie Publishing

Are you ready to strike out on your own and become an independent author? Indie author Kyle A. Massa examines the best reasons to say yes.

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Email Marketing: How to Get Started

Email Marketing: How to Get Started

No matter whether you're indie or with a publisher, email marketing is an essential skill for any serious writer. Here are some ways to improve at it.

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Settings: How to Make Yours Realistic

Settings: How to Make Yours Realistic

"Someone did something somewhere." That's every story at its most basic. The "somewhere" is setting, but "somewhere" isn't especially vivid. Here's how to make your settings feel detailed, interesting, and authentic.

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How to Sell eBooks from Your Website

How to Sell eBooks from Your Website

Have an author website? You can sell books directly to your readers from it! Here's how to make it work.

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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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Dictation: How Writers Can Use This Powerful Tool

Dictation: How Writers Can Use This Powerful Tool

Have you tried writing by dictation? Many writers are doing it these days. Here's an intro on the subject, plus a few ways to decide if it's right for you.

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How to Reveal Character Backstory Strategically

How to Reveal Character Backstory Strategically

Every great character has a great backstory. Here's how to develop it and choose what to reveal to your readers.

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Email Marketing Tips for Writers

Email Marketing Tips for Writers

Many writers recognize the value of email marketing. However, it can get tedious after a while, especially if you're doing the same things over and over. Here's how to spice up your email marketing.

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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 fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo. A strong setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other fictional elements can offer. In this article, author Kyle Massa explains how to build a strong fantasy setting.

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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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3 Reasons to Try Epistolary Storytelling

3 Reasons to Try Epistolary Storytelling

Epistolary storytelling is a fun technique for any writer. Here's what it is, what to do with it, and why it's fun.

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The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

The Star Wars Prequels: How Writers Can Avoid Their Storytelling Mistakes

There were many missteps in the "Star Wars" prequel films, not least of all the invention of Jar-Jar Binks. Here's how to avoid those same mistakes in your work. How wude!

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How to Give Respectful Feedback to Your Fellow Writers

How to Give Respectful Feedback to Your Fellow Writers

A good feedback loop is essential for good writing. Yet sometimes it might feel harsh to be honest about another writer's work. Here's how to do it in a respectful—yet still helpful—way.

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Remote Work: Tips on Making it Work for You

Remote Work: Tips on Making it Work for You

People are working from home now more than ever. If it's been a tough transition for you, here are some tips that might help you maintain your productivity.

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