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“Wasting Time” on a Practice Novel

July 23, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

It’s not a waste of time to finish a first novel, to practice your writing skills with that first novel manuscript, even if it will never be published. But know that the first novel will not be a masterpiece.

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Fiction Writers Can’t Be One-Trick Ponies

July 5, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

While a single skill might have prompted you to begin a novel, begin writing for fun or as a career, that single skill is insufficient for preparing you to write novels. Encouragement for writers to branch out and learn new skills.

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Reader Saturation—Dealing with Changing Reader Tastes

July 2, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Even your most avid fans may hunger for a different protagonist, a different story world, or even a different genre. Consider options for when readers become saturated by elements of your stories.

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Betrayal—the Ultimate Conflict

June 15, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Conflict moves a story forward, keeping both characters and readers involved. Consider the ultimate conflict—betrayal by a friend—as a way to amp up the conflict in your fiction.

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Use Beta Readers to Strengthen Your Stories

June 12, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for using beta readers to help strengthen your manuscripts before publication or submission to agents and editors.

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Get Ruthless—Cutting Back in Order to Add

May 24, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Cut story elements that no longer match the story that’s emerged when you write and rewrite. Sometimes finessing an element isn’t the answer. Sometimes you’ve got to ruthlessly cut out what doesn’t fit.

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Lesson from Mad Men Finale—It’s the Real Thing

May 19, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Taking tips from the series finale of Mad Men.

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Proofreading Pays Off

May 13, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Proofreading can be tough, but your stories deserve the attention to detail that a good proofreading can provide. Learn some tips for proofing your own work.

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Story Openings in a Digital World—The First Page is a Sales Tool

April 28, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A book’s opening words need to entice readers right away, especially readers who search for books online and who give a book only a few moments to capture their interest.

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Is Your Storytelling Unbalanced?

April 25, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An examination of the storytelling modes to see how they effect story. Topics include narrative, dialogue, exposition, description, and narrative summary.

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