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When you write, you're telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story.
— Stephen King, On Writing
Make sure you have two stories and two sets of stakes in your novel: the outer stakes of the plot goal, and the inner stakes of the universal [emotional] need.
— Elizabeth Lyon, Manuscript Makeover
[On fantasy writing:] It's not enough to create magic. You have to create a price for magic, too. You have to create rules.
— Eric A. Burns
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