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Tip of the Day: Editing is called “Slaying Your Darlings” for a reason.

When editing a passage, always ask yourself the following three questions: 1) If the passage was removed, would the narrative still flow? 2) Would the narrative still make sense without it? 3) Could the reader understand what is happening in the story without that information, or with minor changes to other passages? If the answer is “yes” to all three questions, then that passage needs to be slayed. It doesn’t matter how much you love a passage, or how well written something is; if that passage doesn’t add value, then it has to go.

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