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Betrayal—the Ultimate Conflict

June 15, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Conflict moves a story forward, keeping both characters and readers involved. Consider the ultimate conflict—betrayal by a friend—as a way to amp up the conflict in your fiction.

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Use Beta Readers to Strengthen Your Stories

June 12, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for using beta readers to help strengthen your manuscripts before publication or submission to agents and editors.

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Lesson from Mad Men Finale—It’s the Real Thing

May 19, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Taking tips from the series finale of Mad Men.

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Story Openings in a Digital World—The First Page is a Sales Tool

April 28, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A book’s opening words need to entice readers right away, especially readers who search for books online and who give a book only a few moments to capture their interest.

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Consistency Can Trump Problems

December 16, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

When you can’t find rules for punctuation or grammar, sometimes simply choosing an option and then being consistent with that choice is all the answer you need.

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Don’t Shortchange Those Second and Third and Tenth Books

November 25, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Invest as much in books one, two, and ten as you did in book one. That is, don’t shortchange books beyond the first one.

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Final Day for Introductory Price ($35/1st Year) Membership

November 11, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Just a reminder that Tuesday, November 11, 2014 is the final day the introductory price of $35 (for the first year) will be available. Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, the price for first-year membership will be $50. More on Membership. ***

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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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