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Parse Writing Advice

September 20, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Even the best writing advice might not work for every circumstance. Remind yourself that some advice won’t fit your story or a particular circumstance.

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Show the Love—Genre Requirements (Romance)

August 21, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

All genres have reader expectations or requirements. Explore the falling-in-love part of romances.

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Plain Doesn’t Mean Boring

August 11, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

When plain words work, use them. Don’t feel that you must use fancy words to elevate your fiction. Choose words that make your story feel real rather than pretentious.

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Practice Leads to Strong Performance

July 17, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Practice for both ball players and writers is a necessary activity. Don’t shortchange yourself and your skills by skipping writing practice.

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Saving the Day, Solving the Problem

June 25, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

To ensure reader satisfaction and a tight story, make sure that the protagonist solves the story problem. Make sure that the main character is involved in your story’s resolution.

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Site Restored

June 13, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Yeah! The problems with the blog seem to be gone. However, if you have trouble with any area of the site, please let me know. If you’re still having trouble opening some of the pages and posts at The Editor’s Blog, you can try refreshing your cache by using Shift F5. If that doesn’t work […]

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When Characters are Affected by Events

June 2, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Major characters grow and change. Have you remembered to show the ways in which your characters are changed by what happens to them?

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Is Perfection Possible?

May 10, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writing rules can frustrate writers, but following rules is important. On the other hand, breaking rules can be the answer for a section of text.

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Quotes Within Quotes

April 14, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Using the correct quotation marks for quotes within quotes isn’t as tricky as you might imagine, but there is some confusion about the rules.

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“And” in Action

March 27, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A discussion about the use of “and” to connect two actions of the same subject. “And” doesn’t imply that the actions happen simultaneously.

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