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Spelling Interjections and Exclamations

May 29, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A list of common spellings of interjections and exclamations that are often simply spoken sounds.

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Get and Keep the Words Flowing

November 17, 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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Overflow Comments for Post on Manuscript Format

July 25, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An overflow article for comments and questions regarding manuscript formatting.

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

May 10, 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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Numbers in Fiction

January 13, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There are rules for numbers in fiction, but the key is consistency. Learn a few of the most common conventions for numbers.

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Point of View—Part Three

July 26, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An exploration of the omniscient POV. This is part three in a series on point of view.

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Clear the Dread from the Dreaded Synopsis

July 15, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Every novel writer should create at least one summary of each manuscript in the form of a synopsis. Tips for formatting your synopsis and ideas for how to approach creating one.

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Making Comparisons—Simile and Metaphor in Fiction

June 6, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Simile and metaphor can enhance fiction but they can also overwhelm. Some tips for using simile and metaphor in story.

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Setting Up a Series—A Reader’s Question

April 27, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Ever thought about writing a book series? A reader asks for tips about writing a series.

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The Mean, the Bad, and the Nasty—Writing Villains

May 4, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Antagonists can be fun to write. Yet, to be good foils for your protagonists, they need depth and layers. They need logical reasons to oppose the story’s main character. Write worthy antagonists.

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