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lionheart191 asked: When you finish a story, whether it be a novel or a short story, how do you decide what stays in the story and what doesn't? I find it hard when I start the editing process, because there will be times in certain moods where I really like something, and in others where I just want to eradicate it from existence.

joehillsthrills:

I look askance at big blocks of prose. Those are places where attention wanders and the reader’s excitement begins to cool. I don’t care how good a sentence might be… we’ve got to keep moving. Hemingway said kill your darlings, but I try not to have darlings at all, and kill at will.

This is probably not terribly helpful. But I guess try and find one sentence in every paragraph that says the thing the reader needs to know to get to the next paragraph. Then see about deleting everything else. Maybe you can’t delete everything else. But you’d be shocked at how much can go.

There were a lot of sentences in Max Berry’s LEXICON that gave me an electric shock of pleasure. One was just: “A thin dog scratched in the dirt.” That was enough to show me a whole dusty, sandy, barren landscape of trailers, cars on cinder blocks, empty sidewalks, loneliness. One little sentence that carried a whole widescreen picture.

Try and find that thin dog, and skip everything else.

catsbeaversandducks:

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myjetpack:

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myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

profp:

Happy Easter from the Mainzelmännchen plus one cousin from Bavaria who didn’t get the memo about wearing a cap.

profp:

Happy Easter from the Mainzelmännchen plus one cousin from Bavaria who didn’t get the memo about wearing a cap.

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holespoles:


ALEXANDER


By Harold Littledale


Illustrated by Tom Vroman


Parent’s Press Magazine, 1964

The Art of Children’s Picture Books: March 2011

holespoles:

ALEXANDER
By Harold Littledale
Illustrated by Tom Vroman
Parent’s Press Magazine, 1964

The Art of Children’s Picture Books: March 2011

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leda74:

What.
I mean what.

leda74:

What.

I mean what.

myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

myjetpack:

My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

palmandlaser:

Guy Billout (1984)

palmandlaser:

Guy Billout (1984)

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thefuzzydave:

Come on, Science! Get on the stick!

thefuzzydave:

Come on, Science! Get on the stick!

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