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Writing the Query Letter

on March 17th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A query letter is short and powerful—it’s often a writer’s first contact with an agent or editor. Here are the basics for query letters and a few do’s and don’ts.

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Second Bananas and Sidekicks

on December 2nd, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Secondary characters are vital for adding depth to stories. Few men, no matter how hard they may try, are islands unto themselves. This is true for fictional characters as well as real people. Explore the importance of secondary characters in fiction.

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Sampling, Borrowing, Homage, and Plagiarism (Writing Essentials)

on November 1st, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Plagiarism is an issue for writers and teachers and anyone with ties to the writing profession. A look at plagiarism—what it is and how to avoid it.

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Defining Genre Part 2 (Writing Essentials)

on October 29th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

This is Part 2 of Defining Genre. Included here is a breakdown of the major fiction genres and sub-genres.

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Defining Genre Part 1 (Writing Essentials)

on October 27th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fiction genres have conventions that allow readers to know what they can expect from a novel in the genre. An in-depth look at fiction genres, including reasons for writers to use genre conventions as they write. An article from the Writing Essentials.

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Point of View—Part Three

on July 26th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An exploration of the omniscient POV. This is part three in a series on point of view.

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Point of View—Part Two

on July 26th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Second of three articles on point of view. This is an examination of first, second, and third points of view in fiction.

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Point of View, the Full Story—Introduction

on July 26th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Point of view is one of the basic elements of fiction. This is the first of three articles exploring point of view.

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Characters Need Goals

on May 10th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The major characters in your fiction need goals to see them through the story you’ve dropped them into. Make sure you’ve given them goals sufficient for the adventure.

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What To Write First When Writing Fiction

on February 21st, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers sometimes don’t know how to begin writing a new story, but you can begin anywhere, with any story element. You can begin at any point in the story.

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