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Push Yourself to New Heights or Explore the Depths

October 12, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

I haven’t written an article of encouragement recently, but since the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo or NaNo) is next month, I thought I’d take a few minutes to encourage you to begin a new project, maybe push yourself into trying a new genre or writing style, if only as an exercise and only for […]

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Right Place, Right Time Syndrome

September 3, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rid your stories of characters who just happen to always show up at the right place at the right time to discover secrets that they always understand.

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Lessons From TV Shows and Movies

August 23, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Taking lessons, the positive and the negative, from movies and TV.

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How Much Back Story Should I Include

July 27, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A writer asks how much back story is too much.

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Habits, Motions, and Common Actions of Fictional Characters

July 2, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for putting characters into motion with habits and physical movement without disrupting the main action of a story.

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Find Inspiration When You Are Uninspired

June 12, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

It’s easy for our ideas and writing to become stale or common. Familiar. Even so repetitive or wearisome that we are bored writing stories. Try a few prompts for exploring the wider world in your life so you can create fascinating new worlds for readers.

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Keeping Adjectives in Line

April 8, 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

March 17, 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

January 25, 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

December 4, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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

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