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Editing Odds and Ends

August 14, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for a mix of writing situations you might have trouble with including weaved or wove, may or might, and set or sit.

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Go For Correct, But Don’t Go Crazy

July 22, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Know when to quit when searching for obscure grammar and punctuation rules.

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Grammatically Correct or Culturally Acceptable Wording

July 27, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

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

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Numbers in Fiction

January 13, 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?

September 17, 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

May 29, 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

March 11, 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

February 5, 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?

January 11, 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

March 20, 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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