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Lose the First Page

In a workshop of my story recently, my teacher summed up the comments around the table: "Once we got past the first page, it really started taking off. The first page, however, was a little muddled."

This is not new advice. Going back all the way to one of my very first Intro Creative Writing classes that I took in college, I remember my teacher making a hard and fast rule: "In this class, when you're about to submit, cut the first page and then hand it in." (Read more »)

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