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Get and Keep the Words Flowing

November 17, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Ways to get writing when the words won’t flow. Writing prompts and encouragement for the writer who doesn’t know what to write next.

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Light a Fire Under Your Characters

July 8, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Characters need motivation to compel them to act when they otherwise wouldn’t. And writers have to supply the right motivation for the story events, the character, the genre, and the setting.

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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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The Psychology of Character

February 17, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

In good fiction, characters act in ways that make sense for who they are. When their actions are out of character, the fiction is weakened and readers no longer believe the words on the page. Learn about character motivation and how to weave it into your story.

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