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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.

8 Great Books to Celebrate Women's History Month All Year Round

8 Great Books to Celebrate Women's History Month All Year Round

March was Women's History Month, and we discovered some incredible reads. Check out these eight great fiction and non-fiction books to enjoy all year round.

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8 Things Fanfiction Teaches Authors and Readers About Writing

8 Things Fanfiction Teaches Authors and Readers About Writing

Fanfiction might conjure images of nerdy teens and bad love stories, but it's actually a passionate world of writers. Here are eight valuable lessons we can learn from the fanfic community.

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How to Use Dan Harmon's Story Circle to Plot Your Novel

How to Use Dan Harmon's Story Circle to Plot Your Novel

Dan Harmon, creator of Rick and Morty, has created a plot structure that works for almost every story. Here's how to use the Story Circle to plot your novel.

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3 Best World-Building Apps for RPG Gamers and Fantasy Writers

3 Best World-Building Apps for RPG Gamers and Fantasy Writers

What do tabletop gamers, game designers, and fantasy authors have in common? They all need the perfect world-building program. Here are our three favorite apps to build the world of your dreams.

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20 Great Writing Prompts to Liven Up Your Classes

20 Great Writing Prompts to Liven Up Your Classes

If you and your students are tired of the same old essay prompts, check out this list of 20 fresh topics to get kids excited about writing again.

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British English Versus U.S. English: What You Need to Know

British English Versus U.S. English: What You Need to Know

Sometimes the differences between British English and American English are confusing! This article looks at the four key areas of difference and how to ensure consistency of usage in your writing.

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5 Ways Bilingual Writers Can Benefit from Writing Apps

5 Ways Bilingual Writers Can Benefit from Writing Apps

A good writing program does more than check spelling. It can be a valuable tool for bilingual writers and non-native English speakers. Find out how you can improve your writing and how ProWritingAid can help in this article.

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LivingWriter: Is It the Novel-Writing Program You’ve Been Waiting For?

LivingWriter: Is It the Novel-Writing Program You’ve Been Waiting For?

Author Krystal N. Craiker is on a quest for the best novel-writing program. Is LivingWriter the one she's been waiting for? Here's her honest review.

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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’s It Like to Do NaNoWriMo? Here’s One Author's Diary

What’s It Like to Do NaNoWriMo? Here’s 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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