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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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Casting Your Scenes

April 27, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than focus only on plot events as you write scenes, try purposely pairing characters that you normally wouldn’t put together in a scene.

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Managing Days and Time—Lessons From TV

April 24, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A lesson about time markers in story using Game of Thrones as reference material.

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Rewriting and Editing—So Many Possibilities

April 19, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than rely on your go-to fixes, learn other ways to rewrite and edit words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes.

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Honesty in Fiction

February 4, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Show characters as they are, revealing their fears and motivations and dreams. Keep characters open and honest before the reader so that the reader understands character motivation and emotions.

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Engage Readers—Feed Them Tasty Fiction

February 1, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Treat readers the way a chef treats his favorite customers—give them the good stuff, prepared with their tastes in mind. Make each story, beginning to end, a tasty one.

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