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Authorial Aggravations – Elle Hill

I recently stumbled across one author’s list of things never to say to an author. I pored through it, nodding my head vigorously at some of her points and shaking my head at others. The post started me wondering: Do peeps … Continue reading

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Giving Characters Unique Voices – Elle Hill

Imagine a scene in your book in which an inspector asks three different characters the same question: “Were you there last night?” As authors, our job is to make each character’s voice distinctive enough that adding “Jose said” or “Jae … Continue reading

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Becoming “Famus” – Elle Hill

I wrote my first novel at age thirteen. Afterward, poring over my 400-plus-pages of loose leaf and notebook scribblings, I just knew a literary star had ignited its nuclear engines. The only question, of course, was which nom de plume to adopt. … Continue reading

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Me No Words Back Blurb – Elle Hill

Okay, but for reals, I suck at writing back cover blurbs. And titles. And synopses. How is it I can pen a 75K-word novel no problem, but come time to write the back cover blurb, my verbal capacity transforms into … Continue reading

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The Terrible Titler: Birth of a Superhero – Elle Hill

I recently discovered I possess a heretofore unacknowledged talent: devising truly awful book titles. I don’t want to brag or anything, but I came up two, maybe three dozen atrocious titles for the book I submitted to a publishing house. Naming … Continue reading

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Revising Madness – Elle Hill

Not that I’m bragging or anything, but I just finished penning my latest novel. No biggie. I mean, birthing it only took four years of labor, 76 thousand words, and writing my way through some deeply un-fun times. You know, … Continue reading

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The Goddess Speaks, or, Why I Write – Elle Hill

As writers, we sometimes feel like gods. Not just of our make-believe worlds — where we decide on the parameters of existence and, if our characters and situations comply (as gods everywhere can attest, subjects don’t always do as they’re told), of … Continue reading

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