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Literary Scissors

Much of writing is cutting

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Here’s my first draft of an introduction to this article:

Broadly speaking, writing can be divided into two parts: the first draft, and everything else. Your job while writing the first draft is to get your story down. Even if you’ve written an outline, this part of writing is largely an exploration of the story. You’re going to discover things about your




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