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The Story Question is Vital

October 15, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The story problem and the story question are vital components of any fiction. A discussion of the importance of the story question for readers.

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2016 NaNoWriMo Prep

October 5, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for preparing for November’s NaNoWriMo. Get the prep done now so that you can begin writing on day 1.

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The Rudest Awakening

October 1, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Look for and then correct story problems that shock readers out of the fictional world. A list of common story problems that can ruin the reader’s experience.

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Hyphenation for Print Books

September 18, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Hyphenation tips and rules for self-published print books. Includes a few notes on typographic widows and orphans as well.

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Welcome Students and Educators

September 8, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Links to useful articles on grammar, punctuation, and writing fiction, especially helpful for students and educators beginning a new school year.

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Questions About Deep POV

August 23, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A blog reader asks specific questions about deep POV.

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Anticipation and Uncertainty—Lessons From TV Sports

August 10, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Take a lesson from Olympic TV coverage and interest your readers in your characters and the ordeals they undergo. Make readers care about characters and a story’s outcome.

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Deep POV and Narrative Distance—Part 2

July 20, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Part 2 of a discussion about using deep POV to bring readers closer to action and characters. Tips and techniques for using deep POV effectively.

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Deep POV and Narrative Distance—Part 1

July 19, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Understanding narrative distance to understand how to use deep POV.

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Revive A Scene With Verbs

July 6, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than use common verbs, use specific verbs that fit your story, your characters, and each scene. Direct events and emotion through the choice of specific rather than general verbs.

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