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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 17

Revise in Layers

There are no accidents in effective writing. Every aspect of your story—from the characters and plot to details and dialogue—should appear for a reason. The techniques you’ve learned thus far are not meant to pigeonhole your writing. Rather the character archetypes, story landmarks, even the nine “nos” of dialogue all exist for one reason: to help you identify different elements of your writing and understand how they work, so you can write with purpose.

As the writer, you get to make (and break) the rules of your story. The key is to do so intentionally rather than by accident. If you understand the different elements of craft, you can write a great story by choosing what to include in your book and what to leave ...

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