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Dig Deep and Push Harder

September 17, 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

August 3, 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

July 27, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?

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Just Who is the Subject Here?

June 27, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A real-world example used to show the importance of checking sentences to make sure the subject you include is the one you intend for the sentence.

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Reader Takeaway

May 30, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Give your readers a takeaway, something to remember you and your stories by once the book has been read.

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Come to Your Senses

May 4, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for using the sense elements to differentiate characters, enhance mood, and make stories feel real.

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Twist Words to Surprise Readers

April 27, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Use word choices to make your stories stand out, to involve readers in the fiction. Tips for twisting common words into memorable passages.

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Imagine Beyond What is Safe

March 9, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Take your imagination in new directions—take the reins off—as you try to solve story issues. Purposely imagine beyond boundaries that you might not even know you’ve set around your imagination.

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Details and Description—Getting the Facts Right

February 10, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A few quick tips for writing fresh descriptions and a reminder to get story facts right.

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Stir Reader Curiosity

December 17, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

To keep readers reading, stir their curiosity. Make them have to turn the page. Give them unanswered questions and make them have to know the answers.

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