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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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Overflow Comments for Post on Manuscript Format

on July 25th, 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

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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Numbers in Fiction

on January 13th, 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

on July 26th, 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

on July 15th, 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

on June 6th, 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

on April 27th, 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

on May 4th, 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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Don’t Call Me Ishmael—Name that Character

on April 29th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

However characters come to you, they’ll need names. And it’s your job to give them names that reflect their personality, history, experiences, hopes, and even the future that they’ll have stepped into by the end of your story. Learn tips for creating character names that fit.

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