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Rewriting and Editing—So Many Possibilities

April 19, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than rely on your go-to fixes, learn other ways to rewrite and edit words, sentences, paragraphs, and scenes.

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Edit While Formatting—One More Chance to Get It Right

January 8, 2016 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

If you plan to self-publish, you or someone you hire will be responsible for formatting for print. Allow yourself time to format correctly and to adjust the text to fit into your book’s design.

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No Golden Words or Sacred Cows

November 19, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Any word or line of text in a fiction manuscript can be changed. There are no golden sentences or sacred utterings that should stand unchallenged as you rewrite and edit. Writers should expect that the first draft will need extensive changes.

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Why Doesn’t My Story Read Like a Published Novel–A Reader’s Question

January 11, 2015 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explanations for why a work in progress doesn’t read like a published novel. Includes areas to work on to improve a WIP.

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Zeroing in on Words

June 8, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Explore how the change in words affects individual moments and scenes and stories, and how words can direct fiction.

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Write Hot, Edit Cold? It’s Still Great Advice

May 10, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Write hot, edit cold was advice originally given to ad writers, but it’s great advice for any writer. A look at the advantages of editing and analyzing manuscripts with a cool head and from a distance.

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Step Outside Your Story World

May 2, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers often become so lost in their stories that they can’t look at them dispassionately. Remember to step back and away from your fiction so you can get a true picture of a story.

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Use a Rewrite to Add What Your Story Lacks

January 7, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

All writers leave something out of their early drafts. Learn your writing weaknesses and then plan your rewrites around strengthening your stories and overcoming those weaknesses.

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