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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
Beginnings are the most difficult to write well, and success in getting to first base with a literary agent or publisher hinges on them.
— Elizabeth Lyon, Manuscript Makeover
Every paragraph should accomplish two goals: advance the story, and develop your characters as complex human beings.
— Nancy Kress
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