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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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Plot, Goal, Inciting Incident—A Reader’s Question

June 18, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A readers asks about links between plot, character goal, and the inciting incident.

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Compare My Manuscript to a Famous Book—A Writer’s Question

May 16, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader’s asks whether or not to compare a manuscript with other books in query letters and elevator pitches.

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Should I Worry About Word Count—A Reader’s Question

March 25, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

How many words is too many? Does word count matter? Does word count matter more for first novels? An answer to a question posed by a reader.

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Writing the Query Letter

March 17, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A query letter is short and powerful—it’s often a writer’s first contact with an agent or editor. Here are the basics for query letters and a few do’s and don’ts.

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Even More Punctuation in Dialogue—A Reader’s Question

June 29, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reader’s questions about punctuation in dialogue. You may have had some of the same questions.

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