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Lessons From TV Shows and Movies

August 23, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Taking lessons, the positive and the negative, from movies and TV.

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Stir Reader Curiosity

December 17, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

To keep readers reading, stir their curiosity. Make them have to turn the page. Give them unanswered questions and make them have to know the answers.

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Take Me Somewhere New—Tell Me A Story

December 3, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reminder of the power of story to take us where we’ve never been, to make us into people we can only imagine.

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The Sterile Story—Don’t Write Another One

July 8, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fiction can be sterile and bland and seemingly perfect, but sterile stories don’t engage the reader. Be encouraged to bypass the safe and sterile and instead write engrossing stories.

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Write for Your Readers

June 2, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Some lament the seeming death of fiction—but maybe readers simply aren’t reading because writers aren’t creating stories that readers can enjoy. A reminder and an argument to write for the reader.

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The Princess Bride—Storytelling Done Right

April 13, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fiction can become real for readers. A look at how The Princess Bride combined narration with showing and captured not only a little boy’s attention, but the attention of a wide audience.

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Creative Genius vs. Editing Witch

February 20, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers have dual sides to their creativity. Both freewheeling Creative Genius and stern Editing Witch are necessary for the crafting of quality fiction and entertaining novels.

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