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Creating Fictional Characters

November 7, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Fictional characters have kept us all company, have fed our dreams, may even have haunted our nightmares. Learn tips for writing memorable fictional characters.

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What is Theme

October 24, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Theme in literature and fiction is a statement, a conclusion, drawn from a story. It’s a truth about the human condition that a reader takes away from a novel. You can define theme as a statement, a truth, about people or life as revealed by a book.

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Where Should a Second Chapter Start?

October 12, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

We get advice out the wazoo about a novel’s opening chapter. We can find information about how to write the final chapter. But what are the tips for starting a novel’s second chapter?

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Maintain Point of View

October 11, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Maintaining a consistent point of view is critical for fiction, for keeping the story real. When a reader is pulled from one point of view and thrust into another, he can lose his connection to the story. He can lose his belief that the story is true.

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Why Writing “The End” Doesn’t Mean You’ve Finished

October 2, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

A novel isn’t finished after the first draft. Writers have much work ahead of them—some of the most tedious work—even after they’ve written “The End.”

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Invite Readers into Your Story

August 11, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Invite readers into your story with a compelling open. Readers want to be enticed into new worlds—make yours an attractive one, a world readers will willingly step into, willingly stay in while your fictional events unfold.

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Editors Are On Your Side

July 31, 2010 by Fiction Editor Beth Hill

Editors aren’t bad guys, eager to point out errors, to prove themselves all-knowing. Instead, editors are on the writer’s side, working with the writer to produce the best story possible.

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