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

on June 24th, 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

on February 28th, 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

on November 3rd, 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

on October 25th, 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

on March 22nd, 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

on February 11th, 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

on December 8th, 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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