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Dual Duties of Chapter Endings

on April 11th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Chapter endings have at least two purposes—to look back at what’s already happened and look forward to what might happen. Both characters and readers benefit from the dual purposes of chapter endings.

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How Long Should My Story Be

on April 7th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Writers can’t write novels of any length, not if they want to be published traditionally. Word count is important, especially for the first-time novelist.

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Narrative Tense—Right Now or Way Back Then

on January 31st, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

There’s a lot of contention concerning narrative tense—should stories always be told using the past tense or is present tense a true option.

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Use Words, Not Punctuation, To Tell Your Story

on September 25th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Punctuation can overwhelm a sentence or paragraph. Poor punctuation can be a distraction, pulling readers out of the fiction and out of the mood to read your work. Let words tell the story. Use punctuation for other purposes.

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Plot, Setting, and Character—Fiction’s Top 3

on February 24th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Plot, setting, and character are the three major elements of fiction. Get an overview of what they do and how they interact.

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Format Your Novel for Submission

on January 5th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Not knowing how to format a novel for submissions can be more than annoying. Learn how to format your manuscript in a way acceptable to agents and publishers.

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Mastering Scene Transitions

on December 16th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Good scene transitions are vital for making your novel move forward without dragging and to keep you, the author, from giving too much importance to every moment in your characters’ lives.

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Sagging, Soggy Middles

on December 14th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

The middle chapters of a novel can give a writer a challenge. The middle section is often bloated and slow. Look at ways to remove sag and bloat from saggy, soggy middles.

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