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We've gotten so accustomed to thinking that ideas need to come about in new and exciting ways that we often neglect the utility of established paradigms.
Many novelists mull over story ideas, letting them ripen and develop over time.
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Subject your prose to an up-close, rigorous inspection that goes sentence by sentence, word by word, to remove the "pimples" of excess words and bad constructions.
English 50 – Intro to Creative Writing: Exercises for Story Writers More Exercises:
When novelist Helen Simonson ( Major Pettigrew's Last Stand) was asked to help winnow entries for short story contests and literary journals, it was her turn to switch from seeking approval to giving it out.
Writing a novel? There's first-draft flow, and there's editing flow. And then there comes a time when you think you might be done, yet the manuscript is still not quite "there."
W e are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.