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One Adjective Paired with Multiple Nouns—A Reader’s Question

August 8, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader asked a question about one adjective modifying multiple nouns. There are some choices that are clearly better than others.

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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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Smiling or Laughing Dialogue—A Reader’s Question

March 30, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore novel ways to look at the use of dialogue tags, especially at “said” and other verbs, such as laugh and smile, used as dialogue tags.

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Writing Advice—Listen or Ignore?

March 18, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than listen to advice that says it’s unnecessary to learn the rules of writing and fiction, learn your craft.

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Why Doesn’t My Story Read Like a Published Novel–A Reader’s Question

January 11, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explanations for why a work in progress doesn’t read like a published novel. Includes areas to work on to improve a WIP.

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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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Commas with Subordinate Clauses—A Reader’s Question

July 30, 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

July 27, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks how much back story is too much.

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(Stop) Comparing Yourself to Successful Authors

May 25, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Encouragement for when you feel you’ll never be as good as other writers.

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Treating Dependents and Subordinates Properly

July 12, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.

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