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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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Don’t Call Me Ishmael—Name that Character

April 29, 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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You Can’t Hook a Reader with a Yawn

April 9, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers only have a few pages to ensnare readers. Learn why yawns and a description of the weather are not effective story hooks.

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Take Off the Brakes—Write Boldly

March 13, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Compelling fiction means stories that engage the reader. And readers are engaged by conflict and tension, by friction between characters and between one character and himself or his surroundings. Explore ways to write boldly and without restraint to create conflict and tension.

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Sex in Fiction—Do They or Don’t They?

March 3, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Not all novels contain sex scenes, but for those that do, the sex needs to fit genre and character and plot. Learn what it takes to add sex to fiction.

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Creating Emotion in the Reader

January 30, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

We know that to engage readers, our fiction should touch them emotionally. But how do we guarantee that our writing touches readers on an emotional level? We use techniques that produce emotional responses.

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Format Your Novel for Submission

January 5, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Not knowing how to format a novel for submissions can be more than annoying. Learn how to format your manuscript in a way acceptable to agents and publishers.

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How to Write a Novel

November 27, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

How to write a novel—everyone has advice. This is mine. Tips for writing the novel you always said you’d write.

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