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Commas with Subordinate Clauses—A Reader’s Question

on July 30th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks about comma use with dependent clauses. Includes details about comma use for subordinate clauses before, after, and in the middle of independent clauses.

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How Much Back Story Should I Include

on July 27th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks how much back story is too much.

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Go For Correct, But Don’t Go Crazy

on July 22nd, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Know when to quit when searching for obscure grammar and punctuation rules.

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It’s Not Cheating to Use Writing Tips and Tools

on July 11th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There’s no need to feel guilty for borrowing tips and taking advice from other writers. Writing is a craft, with tools and techniques passed from writer to writer.

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Blog Milestone

on July 7th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Celebration of a milestone—thank you for reading The Editor’s Blog.

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Habits, Motions, and Common Actions of Fictional Characters

on July 2nd, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for putting characters into motion with habits and physical movement without disrupting the main action of a story.

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Find Inspiration When You Are Uninspired

on June 12th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

It’s easy for our ideas and writing to become stale or common. Familiar. Even so repetitive or wearisome that we are bored writing stories. Try a few prompts for exploring the wider world in your life so you can create fascinating new worlds for readers.

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Zeroing in on Words

on June 8th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore how the change in words affects individual moments and scenes and stories, and how words can direct fiction.

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Let’s Fall in Love

on June 3rd, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for writing romantic love, for showing characters falling in love.

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Spelling Interjections and Exclamations

on May 29th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A list of common spellings of interjections and exclamations that are often simply spoken sounds.

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