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Articles by Krystal N. Craiker

Krystal N. Craiker is an author and freelance writer. She is the author of the Scholars of Elandria fantasy series. When she isn't writing, you can find her playing board games and volunteering. Krystal lives in Texas with her husband and two adorable dogs. Visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

The 6 Best (and Free!) Readability Checkers for Your Writing

The 6 Best (and Free!) Readability Checkers for Your Writing

Whatever you write, you should consider how easy your writing is to understand. Luckily, there are programs that can do it for you. Here are six of the best readability checkers. Bonus: they're all free!

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How to Craft Realistic, Relatable Fantasy Characters

How to Craft Realistic, Relatable Fantasy Characters

Even if your fantasy character has magical powers and pointy ears, readers want to believe your character is real. Here are the four things you need to know to craft realistic, relatable fantasy characters.

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Beyond Google: 6 Reliable Resources for Researching Your Novel

Beyond Google: 6 Reliable Resources for Researching Your Novel

Most authors have fallen down the research rabbit hole and been unable to find the detail they need on Google. Here are six other ways to find reliable, accurate information when researching your novel.

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Improve Your Sensory Detail with These Writing and Editing Tricks

Improve Your Sensory Detail with These Writing and Editing Tricks

As authors, we want our readers to feel as if they are there in the story. Sensory detail is the best way to do this. Here are eight ways to improve sensory detail in your writing.

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What is it like to do NaNoWriMo? Here is one author's diary

What is it like to do NaNoWriMo? Here is one author's diary

Have you ever wondered what it's really like to write a novel in thirty days? Join author Krystal N. Craiker on her journey through NaNoWriMo 2020.

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How to Use Allusion Effectively

How to Use Allusion Effectively

What is allusion and how can it help your writing? We'll show you!

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6 Overlooked ProWritingAid Reports You Should Try

6 Overlooked ProWritingAid Reports You Should Try

ProWritingAid is so much more than a grammar checker, but it's hard to know which reports you need. Here are six reports you may be overlooking that you should definitely be using.

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7 Underappreciated Literary Devices to Liven Up Your Fiction

7 Underappreciated Literary Devices to Liven Up Your Fiction

The world of literary devices isn't limited to similes and metaphors. Here are seven lesser-known and underappreciated rhetorical tools to add to your wordsmith toolbox.

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How to Use the Paramedic Method for Clarity in Writing

How to Use the Paramedic Method for Clarity in Writing

Writing clearly and concisely is no easy feat. Many people have a tendency to "overwrite," and it's hard to know how to edit. That's where the Paramedic Method comes in.

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Everything You Need to Know About Text Expanders, Snippets, and Shortcuts

Everything You Need to Know About Text Expanders, Snippets, and Shortcuts

Text expanders, also known as text snippets or text shortcuts, can save you time and energy for all your writing needs. Find out what snippets are, why you need them, and discover the ten best text expander tools.

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A Veteran's Guide to Surviving NaNoWriMo

A Veteran's Guide to Surviving NaNoWriMo

You've signed up for NaNoWriMo, but now you think 50,000 words in a month seems daunting. Here are seven pieces of advice for surviving National Novel Writing Month from NaNo veteran and volunteer Krystal N. Craiker.

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Everything You Need to Know About Antecedents

Everything You Need to Know About Antecedents

Do your antecedents agree with your pronouns? What are antecedents anyway? Find out everything you need to know in this article.

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The Final Step: Reading Your Manuscript Out Loud

The Final Step: Reading Your Manuscript Out Loud

There's no such thing as a perfect manuscript, but you'll get as close as possible if you read your book out loud before you publish. Here's why.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Punctuating Dialogue

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Punctuating Dialogue

Dialogue, dialogue tags, and action beats. Commas, dashes, and quotation marks. Punctuating dialogue doesn't have to be difficult. Here's what you need to know.

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A Complete Guide to Crafting Unique Fantasy and Sci-Fi Cultures

A Complete Guide to Crafting Unique Fantasy and Sci-Fi Cultures

Have you ever noticed that many fantasy and sci-fi cultures all sound pretty much the same? Don't make the same mistake. Here's what you need to know about crafting compelling and diverse fictional cultures.

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