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Slapped Silly by Exclamation Points

January 12, 2018 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Exclamation points can easily overwhelm both stories and readers. Use them for specific purposes and with restraint.

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Finish What You Start

January 2, 2018 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The lure of fresh ideas and new characters is hard to resist, yet finishing stories and pushing through problems is a sure way to become a stronger writer.

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Characters Asking Questions

December 31, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Search your stories for text or practices that leach the power out of your characters’ declarations. A consideration of question tags.

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Need a NaNo Write-In?

November 28, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

NaNo Write-in Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10 p.m. Eastern

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Five Million and Counting

November 13, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The blog has seen over 5 million page views.

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Go 2017 NaNoers!

November 2, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Encouragement and links for NaNo 2017.

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Showing and Telling Particulars

October 29, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore situations when telling rather than showing might be beneficial. Explore too the different types of showing in fiction.

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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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