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Zeroing in on Words

on June 8th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore how the change in words affects individual moments and scenes and stories, and how words can direct fiction.

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Quick Manuscript Clean-up

on May 21st, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A quick guide to manuscript clean-up. By the time you need these tips, you should have worked through multiple drafts of your story. The manuscript should also have been edited—by you or others—and proofed—also by you or others.

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Grammatically Correct or Culturally Acceptable Wording

on July 27th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?

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Write Hot, Edit Cold? It’s Still Great Advice

on May 10th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Write hot, edit cold was advice originally given to ad writers, but it’s great advice for any writer. A look at the advantages of editing and analyzing manuscripts with a cool head and from a distance.

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Cut the Flab—Make Every Word Count

on January 22nd, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Unnecessary words can burden your stories with flab, make them sag. The wrong words can even diffuse the impact you’re trying to create. Be alert for these phrases and words that can dull your fiction.

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Experiencing Story From the Inside—Feel Your Stories

on May 22nd, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There’s more to story than mechanics and plot and characters. What impression does your story make? How does it hit you? And have you conveyed that impression to readers?

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That Final Manuscript Cleanup

on March 22nd, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

You’re ready for submission, but is your manuscript? Take one final pass through your story using these tips to help with last-minute cleanup.

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Use a Rewrite to Add What Your Story Lacks

on January 7th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

All writers leave something out of their early drafts. Learn your writing weaknesses and then plan your rewrites around strengthening your stories and overcoming those weaknesses.

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Apologies for Formatting Issues

on December 11th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

My apologies to those Firefox and IE9 users who’ve had to deal with ugly formatting on The Editor’s Blog. I hadn’t realized how bad the problem was. Clearing your cache will allow you to see the correct version of the blog. Please don’t hesitate to tell me if you ever have problems with the blog. […]

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Style Sheets—The Setup and the Benefits

on July 12th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A style sheet is an easy way to manage consistency in a manuscript. Writer or editor, consider putting together a style sheet for every project.

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