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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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Getting Back to Work and into the Rhythm of Writing

on August 28th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

It’s time for a bit of encouragement. After a summer filled with activities that eat into your writing time, it’s time to get back into the rhythm and flow of creating, of linking events and characters and details into stories that readers clamor for.

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Introduction to Description

on August 9th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Description in fiction paints the story world and characters for readers, gives substance to a world wholly unfamiliar to the readers. Learn some tips for working with description.

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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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Overflow Comments for Post on Manuscript Format

on July 25th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An overflow article for comments and questions regarding manuscript formatting.

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You Gotta Start Somewhere

on July 15th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A discussion of where to begin writing, especially when you don’t know where to start. Included a reminder to decide on foundational issues before putting pen to paper.

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Treating Dependents and Subordinates Properly

on July 12th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Help for setting up and using dependent (subordinate) clauses. Tips include when to use commas.

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Light a Fire Under Your Characters

on July 8th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Characters need motivation to compel them to act when they otherwise wouldn’t. And writers have to supply the right motivation for the story events, the character, the genre, and the setting.

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