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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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Kill Soulless Writing

February 22, 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

February 15, 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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Rules of Grammar & Punctuation—The Weird, Odd, or Unfamiliar

February 14, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

We all need help with the rules of grammar and punctuation, but sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know. This list can help you with a few rules you might not be familiar with.

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