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The Secrets of Story by Matt Bird

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Chapter Thirteen

The Final Rule

Forget Everything I Just Said

I owe you one final caveat about all of this advice.

I’ve given you a tremendous number of tools for evaluating your manuscripts, but what do you do with the results? If the checklist convinces you that you have problem areas, you’ll probably want to go through and fix them one by one, but I should warn you, adding a dozen spot fixes can be problematic. No matter how thoroughly I’ve convinced you that something about your story needs to be changed, there is always a risk that your fixes will feel externally imposed, unlike organic story developments. Your story might become “better” in a way that’s cold and mechanical.

Well, okay, so what if you start with the checklist, applying it ...

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