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Make Readers Care

on March 17th, 2014 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Tips for making readers care about your characters and the story events at every stage of your long fiction.

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Get and Keep the Words Flowing

on November 17th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Ways to get writing when the words won’t flow. Writing prompts and encouragement for the writer who doesn’t know what to write next.

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Getting Back to Work and into the Rhythm of Writing

on August 28th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

It’s time for a bit of encouragement. After a summer filled with activities that eat into your writing time, it’s time to get back into the rhythm and flow of creating, of linking events and characters and details into stories that readers clamor for.

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Overflow Comments for Post on Manuscript Format

on July 25th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

An overflow article for comments and questions regarding manuscript formatting.

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You Gotta Start Somewhere

on July 15th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A discussion of where to begin writing, especially when you don’t know where to start. Included a reminder to decide on foundational issues before putting pen to paper.

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Don’t Fake It—Learn the Craft

on June 7th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A reminder that you can’t fake the skills needed for writing convincing fiction. Learn the craft. Learn both the mechanics of writing and the elements of fiction.

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Imagine Beyond What is Safe

on March 9th, 2013 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Take your imagination in new directions—take the reins off—as you try to solve story issues. Purposely imagine beyond boundaries that you might not even know you’ve set around your imagination.

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Stir Reader Curiosity

on December 17th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

To keep readers reading, stir their curiosity. Make them have to turn the page. Give them unanswered questions and make them have to know the answers.

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Stand-Out Stories

on November 27th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Rather than writing the same old style or same plot or same character, try something new and fresh. Write stories that stand out from the common.

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Great Expectations vs. Realistic Ones

on August 7th, 2012 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Many writers have great expectations for their first novel manuscript. But are those expectations realistic? A look at what you can expect of your first novel.

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