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Grammatically Correct or Culturally Acceptable Wording

on July 27th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The use of there’s for there are—is it acceptable?

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Numbers in Fiction

on January 13th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There are rules for numbers in fiction, but the key is consistency. Learn a few of the most common conventions for numbers.

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Restrictive or Not—When Do Clauses Need Commas?

on September 17th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Is it a comma before which or before who or before that? Are there really rules and do I have to follow them in my fiction? Tips for comma use with essential and non-essential phrases and clauses.

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Real Writers Write Every Day

on May 29th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

No matter what some expert says, you don’t have to write every day to be a real writer.

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Fragments and the Incomplete Sentence

on March 11th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Who says you can’t use incomplete sentences in fiction? If you were taught that “rule” in school, take your liberty and write in sentence fragments if you want to. Keep in mind, however, than not all incomplete sentences work.

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Novel Writing Isn’t Paint by Numbers

on February 5th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There is not only one way to write a sentence, a scene, a chapter, or a story. Writing a novel isn’t only about plugging in words and events and scenes in accordance with a formula. It’s writing with skill and artistry.

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Punctuation in Fiction—Are There Prohibitions?

on January 11th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Apparently some in the writing community think semicolons have no place in fiction. But all punctuation has a purpose and can be put to use in novels and short stories.

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Forget the Writing Rules

on March 20th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Some writing rules are not rules, certainly not rules that must be followed to craft understandable and engaging stories. Let’s look at some of the rules we can toss out.

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Kill Soulless Writing

on February 22nd, 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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Show and Tell—Not Just a Game We Play

on February 15th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writing teachers pound it into us. Books on writing repeat it until we feel we’ve been beaten. And if we’re brave enough to put our work in front of our peers for review, we are pounded yet again—Show, Don’t Tell, our critics intone. But what is meant by this frequently repeated advice?

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