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When the Emperor is Naked, Tell Him

May 14, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

When you’re in a position to tell writers that a story needs more work before it’s published, tell them. Don’t let writers strut proudly around thinking they’ve mastered storytelling techniques, the fiction elements, and grammar if they haven’t. Share your knowledge.

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A Writing Challenge for Genre—(April 2016)

April 8, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Shake up your writing life by challenging yourself to write in a new genre.

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Why Writing Fiction is Hard

December 6, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writing novels and long fiction is hard. But the task isn’t impossible. And writing is fun and satisfying. A bit of encouragement for those struggling with their fiction.

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2015 NaNo Encouragement

October 23, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Encouragement and tips for taking on the 2015 National Novel Writing Month (NaNo) challenge.

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Drive, Passion, and Creativity

September 16, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The last couple of articles I’ve written have focused on grammar and punctuation. On rules. And while learning rules is important, sometimes we need to focus on other writing concerns. Sometimes we need to immerse ourselves in the power of our passions. Just recently I was dramatically reminded of this need once again. PBS stations in the […]

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Everybody Doesn’t Like Something . . .

July 29, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Every writer and every book gets negative reviews, whether deserved or not. A lighthearted look at reasons why some readers won’t like your fiction.

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“Wasting Time” on a Practice Novel

July 23, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

It’s not a waste of time to finish a first novel, to practice your writing skills with that first novel manuscript, even if it will never be published. But know that the first novel will not be a masterpiece.

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Fiction Writers Can’t Be One-Trick Ponies

July 5, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

While a single skill might have prompted you to begin a novel, begin writing for fun or as a career, that single skill is insufficient for preparing you to write novels. Encouragement for writers to branch out and learn new skills.

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Reader Saturation—Dealing with Changing Reader Tastes

July 2, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Even your most avid fans may hunger for a different protagonist, a different story world, or even a different genre. Consider options for when readers become saturated by elements of your stories.

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Don’t Shortchange Those Second and Third and Tenth Books

November 25, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Invest as much in books one, two, and ten as you did in book one. That is, don’t shortchange books beyond the first one.

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