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Edit in an Instant? Ain’t Gonna Happen

June 9, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reminder that manuscripts need edits and that edits take time. Encouragement for writers when they discover they’re not as close to the end of a writing project as they thought they were since editing can take as long as writing the first draft.

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How to Respond to Rejections & Negative Feedback

May 25, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rejection is painful, and nasty rejection letters and negative feedback can cause writers to rethink their goals. Don’t let the negative bring you down.

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Dealing with Discouragement

May 14, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Just a word—or a thousand—for writers faced with discouragement from any source. You can defeat the giants arrayed against you.

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Assess Your Writing Skills—Turn Weaknesses to Strengths

April 18, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers have personal strengths and weaknesses. What one writer nails every time, another might struggle with again and again. A reminder to assess your skills and improve those that weaken your writing.

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Kill Soulless Writing

February 22, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rules are important in writing—of course they are—because they help the writer convey meaning and emotion and story in the best possible manner for his readers. Yet, adherence to the rules at the wrong time can create soulless fiction. A reminder to create with abandon.

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Why Write a Novel—Your Reason is the Right One

February 12, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Want to know if your reason for writing a novel is valid? It is. Whatever gets you to start and then complete your story is a legitimate reason to write.

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Let it Flow

January 15, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Sometimes it’s not about the rules. It’s about the act of writing. Just do it.

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