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Narrative Modes in Fiction—Telling Your Story (Writing Essentials)

June 24, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A introduction to the narrative modes of fiction—action, dialogue, description, exposition, and thought—and a brief discussion of how they can be combined in novels.

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Inner Dialogue—Writing Character Thoughts

February 28, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for writing character thought and inner dialogue. There are options for punctuation and method.

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Bad Dialogue—Bad, Bad Dialogue

November 3, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

We’ve all seen bad, laugh-worthy dialogue. Examples of bad dialogue and ways to avoid writing it.

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Dialogue—My Characters Talk Too Much

October 25, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Are your characters more than verbal, talking more than they do anything else? Determine if your characters talk too much and learn some fixes for getting them to shut up.

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More Punctuation in Dialogue—A Reader’s Questions

March 22, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Can you combine dialogue for multiple readers in one paragraph? Learn what readers expect about dialogue and why it’s important to follow the rules.

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Dialogue—The Speech of Fiction

February 11, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

We add dialogue to our fiction so our characters can communicate. But we also use their dialogue to mis-communicate, to increase tension, to get our characters into trouble. Learn what dialogue can and should do.

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Punctuation in Dialogue

December 8, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Punctuating dialogue correctly can help readers follow your story with fewer distractions. Check out the rules of dialogue punctuation.

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