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Good Cop, Bad Cop: On Interrogating the Story

So, you write a first draft. Then you put it in the bottom drawer, let it cool its heels for a while, see. Make it nervous. The more time it spends alone, the more it starts to need some human interaction. The more time you leave it there, the more you
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Dialogue is not Human Speech (it just sounds like it)

I heard the above this morn and realized how very true it is. I mean, I knew it was true anyway (I tell enough people), but hearing it out loud and from someone else’s mouth really brought it home to me.

If your fiction dialogue sounded like your everyday, fer-real dialogue your readers would be bored. You would be bored (or
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