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Make Readers Care

March 17, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.

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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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Reader Takeaway

May 30, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Give your readers a takeaway, something to remember you and your stories by once the book has been read.

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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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Purposes for Connecting Words into Story

October 2, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Why write? Why sit at a desk and connect words into scenes and stories? One reason is to entertain readers. But writers don’t only entertain readers. Great writers and good stories can change a reader’s life.

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Claustrophobia—Don’t Imprison Readers in a Character’s Head

June 16, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There is more to story than a character’s thoughts. Be sure to step outside a character’s head so readers can experience a full story that includes action, dialogue, emotion, setting, and thought.

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Keep Readers Close to Action and Emotion

May 12, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

If readers aren’t engaged by your story, maybe you’re holding them at a distance, using filtering phrases that keep them a step away from the action and emotion of a scene. Check out these common filtering phrases that keep readers at a distance.

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Reader Perception is Important

January 24, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Readers bring perceptions to every novel. Put those perceptions to work for you rather than allowing them to annoy your readers.

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Coincidence Destroys the Suspension of Disbelief

January 20, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Readers can get really ticked off when you use coincidence to solve story problems. They are pulled out of the fiction and made aware that you’ve been fooling them.

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