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Set Story into Motion—Use Meaningful Verbs

on October 11th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Verbs power your stories. Use accurate verbs to create the motion and emotion you want your story to have. This article includes tips for choosing verbs, including use of the passive voice.

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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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Participial Phrases? C’mon, You Made that Up

on February 6th, 2011 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Participial phrases have something to do with writing? You probably think I’m pulling your leg when I say that they do. But I promise I’m not. And I promise you’ll recognize these oddly named phrases once you see them. Learn how to use these modifiers correctly to bring variety and clarity to your writing.

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Lay and Lie—When to Use Which?

on December 29th, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Lay versus lie. It sounds like a heavyweight match between lightweight verbs, except that for such small words, the two cause a whole lot of trouble. Settle forever the differences between lie and lay.

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