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Showing and Telling Particulars

October 29, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore situations when telling rather than showing might be beneficial. Explore too the different types of showing in fiction.

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Saving the Day, Solving the Problem

June 25, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

To ensure reader satisfaction and a tight story, make sure that the protagonist solves the story problem. Make sure that the main character is involved in your story’s resolution.

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“And” in Action

March 27, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A discussion about the use of “and” to connect two actions of the same subject. “And” doesn’t imply that the actions happen simultaneously.

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Know Your Character’s Language

February 10, 2017 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

If a character comes from a country different from yours or different from that of your other characters, make sure that he uses words and phrases peculiar to his country and not to yours.

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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 Story Question is Vital

October 15, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The story problem and the story question are vital components of any fiction. A discussion of the importance of the story question for readers.

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Anticipation and Uncertainty—Lessons From TV Sports

August 10, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Take a lesson from Olympic TV coverage and interest your readers in your characters and the ordeals they undergo. Make readers care about characters and a story’s outcome.

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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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Entertain the Reader

June 5, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Entertain the reader by telling a good story. Make readers want to read what you write.

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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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