Hilari Bell

Biography

Hilari Bell has been called the poster child for persistence. The first novel she sold was the fifth she'd written, and when it sold she was working on novel fourteen. She now has seventeen conventionally published novels with two more under contract, and is now branching into epublishing her backlist novels and her writing tips.

She likes board games and "decadent" camping. (In a pop-up trailer with a space heater, a stove--even a toaster!) She says camping is the only time she gets to do enough reading...though when it comes to reading, there's really no such thing as enough.

She's also a member of the best writing critique group in the universe. (Her opinion, anyway.) And you can find their webpage at http://thewildwriters.com/

Where to find Hilari Bell online

Website: http://hilaribell.com
Twitter: hilaribell

Books

Don’t Color Me Fuchsia: Why you can’t use vivid words too often
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Vivid words “echo” in a reader’s memory—this essay discusses why this matters and how to avoid it.
The Map is Not the Territory: The Seven “Shalt Nots” of Writing Jacket Copy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
How to create good jacket copy—or at least avoid the worst, most common mistakes.
Don’t Skin the Cat! Better ways to solve a story problem
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,110. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
What else you can do when someone tells you to cut part of your story.
Twisted Plots: The necessary change of direction
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
How to create plot twists in your story, and why it matters to agents/editors and to readers.
One Perfect Rose: Writing description
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,620. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Discusses writing description that’s neither too long nor too short, but just right.
Coincidentally... The uses and abuses of coincidence
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Discusses how and when you can use coincidences in fiction—and when you absolutely can’t.
Climbing up to Kaboom & 4 other tips on Story Structure
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,110. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
This collection of short essays details the 10 points of story structure, from both parts of the structural beginning of your story, though keeping the middle of your story in motion, to writing a slam-bang climax and a satisfying denouement.
Becoming a Hero: Story structure points 9 & 10
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,740. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Discusses the 9th and 10th points of story structure: the climax, which is, well, frankly, it’s the climax, and the denouement, which is the final wrap-up of the story.
Climbing Up to Kaboom: Story structure points 7 & 8
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 770. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Discusses the 7th & 8th points of novel structure: the ramp-up to the climax, and the dark moment.
Rise Up & Commit: Story structure points 5 & 6
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
Discusses the 5th & 6th points of novel structure: the second rising action (otherwise known as the middle) and the end of second act escalation.
Foiled Plans: Story structure points 3 & 4
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Literacy
Discusses the 3rd and 4th points of novel structure: the first rising action, and the end of first act plot twist.
Lights, Camera, Kickoff: Story structure points 1 & 2
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books
Discusses the first two points of novel structure: the inciting incident and the establishing shot.
Scoring in the Elevator & 4 other tips on How to Get Published
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,760. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
This collection includes 5 tips on hunting agents and editors, writing a good synopsis & a good log line (two sentence) pitch, and whether or not to revise on spec.
Hunting for an Agent: Shotgun or target pistol?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,270. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Send to a one perfect agent, or send to everyone? Pros and cons.
Writing the Dread Synopsis: A synopsis system that works
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 740. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
The 5 story structure points that make up a good synopsis.
A Tale of Two Synopsises: More on writing a synopsis that works
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,190. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
What your synopsis needs beyond those five points.
Scoring in the Elevator: All I know about writing a good two sentence pitch
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Crafting a good two sentence pitch.
Do you want a Cookie? The question of revising on spec
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 730. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Whether you should make substantial revisions for an editor or agent who hasn't bought your book.
Doghouse on Malibu Beach & 4 other tips on Structure and Villainy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,420. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
This collection contains 5 tips on what to do with the beginning, middle and climax of your novel, how to make the best use of your villian, and what constitutes a "high concept" story.
Doghouse on Malibu Beach: What you should, and shouldn't, put in the first five pages of your manuscript
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,260. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
What should and shouldn't appear in the first five pages of your novel.
Middle-of-the-Novel Mud: How to winch your way out, and stay out
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,040. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
What should and shouldn't happen in the middle of your novel.
Rising to the Occasion: The climax of your novel
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,480. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
What absolutely must happen in the climax of your novel.
High Concept: Whether your plot or your premise is stronger, and why it matters
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
What "High Concept" means, and whether you need it.
Villains: Because a good bad guy is the author's best friend
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Putting your villian to work, to make your novel great.
Exploding Writing Myths & 4 other tips on Critique and Process
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,440. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
This collection contains 5 tips on how to find/create a writing critique group that works and lasts, and how to make the best use of what they can offer you.
Exploding Writing Myths: Some things "they" say might be true for them but not for you
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Exposing some writing "truths" that aren't necessarily true for everyone.
The Art & Necessity of Critique (Part 1): How to find (or create) a writers' critique group
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,000. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
How to find or create a good writing critique group.
The Art & Necessity of Critique (Part 2): How to give and take criticism without coming apart at the seams
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 810. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Criticism is hard--how to give it, and how to take it.
The Art & Necessity of Critique (Part 3): Size matters
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,830. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
How to keep your critique group alive and thriving. Also, how and why novels must be critiqued differently from short pieces.
The Irrational Optimism of Writers: Why this particular form of insanity is a good thing
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 830. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
You have to be crazy to get into this business, and that’s why craziness is essential for writers.
What Color Hat does your Universe Wear? & 4 other tips on Science Fiction, Fantasy and Writing for Kids
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
This collection contains tips specific to writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, and what makes the teen/kids market different from selling books for adults.
Making your Reader Believe: Whether he wants to or not!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Suspension of disbelief in SF & Fantasy.
But What do the Trees Say? Or, the unimportance of worldbuilding
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Worldbuilding in SF & Fantasy--and what it can't do for you.
Taking Away the Easy Button: Bell's three rules for writing about magic
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
How to use magic in your story without abusing it.
What Color Hat does your Universe Wear? How the world you create changes the reader's view of your characters
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 680. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
How the tone of your world can make or break your characters.
Writing Children's Books vs. Adult Books: Why you'd be crazy not to
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 550. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
(4.00 from 1 review)
Some big differences between the Children’s and Adult book markets.
Taking out the Trash & 4 other tips on POV and Voice
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,170. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
This collection contains 5 tips on POV, past vs. present tense, and your personal writing voice.
Taking out the Trash: How to dig out your unique writer's voice
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,310. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Agents and editors all look for a strong, unique voice--how to find and polish yours.
Tense Persons: Point of view, part one
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
The pros and cons of using 1st or 3rd person, and past or present tense
Single Spy to Teeming Horde: Point of view, part two
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,720. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
How many POV characters should you have?
A POV Footnote: How many beginner mistakes can be avoided by writing in close 3rd person
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Why writing in close third (or first) person lets you avoid many common beginner mistakes.
Writing the Other: Writing from the viewpoint of the opposite gender
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 950. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
(5.00 from 1 review)
How to create a believable character of a gender (or background) you don't share.
A Point of E-tiquette & 4 other tips on Professionalism
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
5 tips on presenting your writing professionally in the digital age.
The Pesky Typo Hunt: Why you should take the trouble to track them down and eliminate them before they can breed
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
The best technique I know for finding the errors in your own manuscript. It takes some effort, but it works.
A Point of E-tiquette: Does your T-shirt have holes in it?
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
This tip explains why it's so important to take a moment to run your spellchecker!
Badge & Handcuffs: Writing with authority
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 890. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
What people mean when they talk about writing with "authority," and why you must do so.
Pitching to the Pros: What you can (and can't) expect if you ask someone to evaluate your writing, and what kind of sample you should offer them
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,410. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
What you can expect, and what you should do, if you can ever convince a pro to evaluate your writing.
The Editor is Never Wrong, Mostly: Well, hardly ever
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
How to respond when you disagree with your editor.
How Big a Hammer? & 4 other writing tips on Emotion and Theme
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
This collection contains 5 tips on building emotion and meaning into your fiction--and why it matters.
Beating the Evil TV: The most valuable tip I'll ever give you--and it's short, too
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 650. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Writing
Why getting into your characters’ heads matters more than anything else.
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