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Quick Manuscript Clean-up

on May 21st, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A quick guide to manuscript clean-up. By the time you need these tips, you should have worked through multiple drafts of your story. The manuscript should also have been edited—by you or others—and proofed—also by you or others.

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Feed the Reader Within the Writer

on May 14th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Take the time to read something for yourself—encouragement for writers and editors caught up in their work.

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Marking Text—Choosing Between Italics and Quotation Marks

on May 12th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Learn how to choose between italics and quotation marks. Learn when more than capital letters are called for and also when capital letters are sufficient.

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Nouns—The Parts of Speech (1)—Writing Essentials

on April 30th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The basics on nouns, how they can be used, and how they can be identified.

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Should Editors Write?

on April 18th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Encouragement for fiction editors to experience story from the inside by writing either short or long fiction, whatever they typically edit.

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Keeping Adjectives in Line

on April 8th, 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

on March 17th, 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

on January 25th, 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 Year—Encouragement and a Reminder of Goals

on January 13th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Encouragement for a new writing year.

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Another Take on Dialogue Tags

on December 4th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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

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