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Smiling or Laughing Dialogue—A Reader’s Question

March 30, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore novel ways to look at the use of dialogue tags, especially at “said” and other verbs, such as laugh and smile, used as dialogue tags.

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Writing Advice—Weighing the Advice (Part Two)

March 27, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

How’s a writer to know what writing advice is good and what is better ignored? A continuation of an earlier post.

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It Ain’t Over Till the Full Story Sings

March 23, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Many writers stop working on a manuscript before it’s truly finished. Polish stories to add resonance and to make them sing.

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Writing Advice—Listen or Ignore?

March 18, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than listen to advice that says it’s unnecessary to learn the rules of writing and fiction, learn your craft.

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Writing Novels vs. Telling Tales

March 13, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tales and novels have different structures and purposes. Explore the differences and learn why telling tales in the middle of a novel is often not a good idea.

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Using Names in Fiction—4 Tips

March 7, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Suggestions for ways to use character names in fiction, especially at the beginning of stories when readers are just meeting the characters.

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Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain, Don’t Explain

March 3, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Excessive and unnecessary explanations can weaken the dramatic and emotional impact of sentences. Learn why explanations are often unnecessary and annoying.

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Lyrics and Poetry in Fiction—Copyright, Drawbacks, and Other Problems

February 21, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Information on copyright law, fair use doctrine, and creative ways to use song lyrics and poetry in your fiction.

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Get Pushy—Push Character Conflict and Reader Emotion

February 7, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Lack of conflict between characters and lack of emotion-inducing scenes for readers will make stories flat, boring, and tedious. Discover why conflict and emotion are so important to fiction.

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Challenge for the New Year—2015

January 13, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Accept the challenge to read at least 12 books in genres unfamiliar to you in 2015.

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