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Backstory Is Not Story

That might work in a cartoon, but you just can’t start your story with backstory. It seems like such a pity. The easiest solution is to start at the beginning and when we get to the end, stop. And y’know,

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Kill Your Darlings

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” Stephen King, On Writing. This particular quote seems to have passed into common usage. It’s a phrase often heard when a writer

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Beta Readers

A beta reader is someone who gives you feedback on your writing. Hopefully, more than you see in my illustration, but you take what you can get. Typically, a beta reader will receive your work when it’s been edited and

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