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Protected: Beyond the Early Drafts: What Makes a Story Unique

on April 12th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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Keeping Adjectives in Line

on April 8th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Adjectives can be paired or grouped to modify a single noun—learn the rules for using multiple adjectives, including the Royal Order of Adjectives. Explanation of coordinate and cumulative adjectives, and tips for using commas with adjectives as well.

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Make Readers Care

on March 17th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.

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Dare to Challenge Your Characters

on January 25th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Push characters to their breaking points and beyond. Don’t hold back but challenge your characters beyond what they thought they could do. Push them beyond what you thought they could do.

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Another Take on Dialogue Tags

on December 4th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

More on the purposes of dialogue tags—use them to keep a story flowing.

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Build Toward The Story’s End

on November 6th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.

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Set Story into Motion—Use Meaningful Verbs

on October 11th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Verbs power your stories. Use accurate verbs to create the motion and emotion you want your story to have. This article includes tips for choosing verbs, including use of the passive voice.

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Dig Deep and Push Harder

on September 17th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.

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Setting Details—Mastering Technology

on August 3rd, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Technology is part of a story’s setting. Remember to include technology, especially in contemporary stories, if you want setting and background to feel authentic.

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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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