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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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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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Know Your Character’s Language

February 10, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

If a character comes from a country different from yours or different from that of your other characters, make sure that he uses words and phrases peculiar to his country and not to yours.

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Your Own Something Special

February 4, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Many writers have a “something other” that makes their writing style and their stories stand out. Explore your own something other and learn to play it up to create memorable fiction.

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Restraining Accents

January 23, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than try to spell an accent, use other options for letting readers know that a character has an accent.

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The Perspective From Inside a Character

November 28, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for writing action and description from a character’s point of view. For a close narrative distance, show story events and descriptions through the character’s perspective.

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The Rudest Awakening

October 1, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Look for and then correct story problems that shock readers out of the fictional world. A list of common story problems that can ruin the reader’s experience.

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Questions About Deep POV

August 23, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A blog reader asks specific questions about deep POV.

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Deep POV and Narrative Distance—Part 2

July 20, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Part 2 of a discussion about using deep POV to bring readers closer to action and characters. Tips and techniques for using deep POV effectively.

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Deep POV and Narrative Distance—Part 1

July 19, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Understanding narrative distance to understand how to use deep POV.

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