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Coming Soon—Membership

October 28, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A membership area—to include a member-only forum, DIY lessons, and a once-monthly discussion on writing issues—is coming soon to The Editor’s Blog.

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Push Yourself to New Heights or Explore the Depths

October 12, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

I haven’t written an article of encouragement recently, but since the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is next month, I thought I’d take a few minutes to encourage you to begin a new project, maybe push yourself into trying a new genre or writing style, if only as an exercise and only for […]

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Nothing Words—Somehow

September 29, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Somehow is a nothing word that doesn’t reveal anything new about a character or an event. Cut uses of somehow from your stories.

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Revisiting Dangling Modifiers

September 22, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Dangling modifiers continue to be a problem that I find in many manuscripts. But they can be easily identified and removed from your stories.

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Is Writing “The End” a Bad Idea?—A Reader’s Question

September 17, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Including the words “The End” on the final page of a manuscript is a good idea. The visual keeps readers, including agents and editors, from guessing what the story’s final words are.

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Nothing Words—People

September 11, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Like “thing,” “people” is a nothing word. A filler. But you can easily change the bland and generic “people” to a word that better fits the scene and the character using the word.

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Nothing Words—Thing

September 8, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fiction can be made stronger by simply using strong and precise words in place of do-nothing filler words. Clear your stories of the filler word “thing.”

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Right Place, Right Time Syndrome

September 3, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rid your stories of characters who just happen to always show up at the right place at the right time to discover secrets that they always understand.

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Lessons From TV Shows and Movies

August 23, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Taking lessons, the positive and the negative, from movies and TV.

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Characters Don’t Live in a Vacuum

August 17, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fill in your fictional landscape so characters don’t seem to be living in a vacuum, alone and oblivious to the people and objects surrounding them.

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