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Story Openings in a Digital World—The First Page is a Sales Tool

April 28, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A book’s opening words need to entice readers right away, especially readers who search for books online and who give a book only a few moments to capture their interest.

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Is Your Storytelling Unbalanced?

April 25, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An examination of the storytelling modes to see how they effect story. Topics include narrative, dialogue, exposition, description, and narrative summary.

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Readers are Smart—Respect What They Bring to Books

April 12, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Readers don’t have to write books to know a lot about them—and writers would do well to respect the reader’s knowledge and expectations.

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Writing Advice—What About -ing Words (Part Four)

April 8, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There’s a lot of conflicting advice that tells writers to never use words that end in -ing or to not use -ing words under certain conditions. Explore both the advice and the rationale behind it.

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Writing Advice—Behind the Advice (Part Three)

April 6, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore the rationale behind writing advice before you choose to accept or reject it. Includes advice on semicolons, exclamation points, prologues, and opening stories with dreams.

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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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