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Let’s Fall in Love

June 3, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for writing romantic love, for showing characters falling in love.

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Build Toward The Story’s End

November 6, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Include anticipation in your stories to keep readers turning pages and involved with possible outcomes for your characters.

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Dig Deep and Push Harder

September 17, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reminder to layer on the emotional hits so the reader will feel them. Use knockout lines or zingers when that works for a scene, but don’t be hesitant about pushing, about hitting the emotional button again and again.

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Celebrations in Story—Marking the Special Days

December 18, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Use celebrations and holidays in your stories to make characters real, to tap into emotional moments in a character’s life.

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New Experiences? Use Them in Your Writing

August 14, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Unfamiliar situations and places can be disconcerting for any of us. But the unfamiliar and stressful can be great for creating character unease and increasing tension.

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Engage Readers Through Character Reaction

July 16, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Characters who don’t react are cold and distant, and their lack of reaction keeps readers at a distance. Engage readers by using character reaction to stir readers’ emotions.

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Creating Emotion in the Reader

January 30, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

We know that to engage readers, our fiction should touch them emotionally. But how do we guarantee that our writing touches readers on an emotional level? We use techniques that produce emotional responses.

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Writing for the Emotions

January 21, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Emotions pull readers into the story faster than most anything else a writer could try. They are instant connection points. Think of emotions as tentacles reaching to the reader and tying him to your tale. Wrap him tightly, so tightly that he must stay with you until the end.

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