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(Stop) Comparing Yourself to Successful Authors

on May 25th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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

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Nouns—The Parts of Speech (1)—Writing Essentials

on April 30th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The basics on nouns, how they can be used, and how they can be identified.

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Another Year—Encouragement and a Reminder of Goals

on January 13th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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Get and Keep the Words Flowing

on November 17th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Ways to get writing when the words won’t flow. Writing prompts and encouragement for the writer who doesn’t know what to write next.

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You Gotta Start Somewhere

on July 15th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A discussion of where to begin writing, especially when you don’t know where to start. Included a reminder to decide on foundational issues before putting pen to paper.

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Don’t Fake It—Learn the Craft

on June 7th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reminder that you can’t fake the skills needed for writing convincing fiction. Learn the craft. Learn both the mechanics of writing and the elements of fiction.

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Sampling, Borrowing, Homage, and Plagiarism (Writing Essentials)

on November 1st, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Plagiarism is an issue for writers and teachers and anyone with ties to the writing profession. A look at plagiarism—what it is and how to avoid it.

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No More Excuses—Write That Novel

on October 14th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Push away the excuses and anything that’s keeping you from starting, or finishing, your novel. You always said you’d do, so do it. Keep the promise you made to yourself.

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Everybody Does It—Common Writing Mistakes

on October 10th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Yes, all writers make mistakes. And some writing mistakes are made by many writers. A list of the most common writing mistakes I see in manuscripts and fixes for those mistakes.

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Purposes for Connecting Words into Story

on October 2nd, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Why write? Why sit at a desk and connect words into scenes and stories? One reason is to entertain readers. But writers don’t only entertain readers. Great writers and good stories can change a reader’s life.

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