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05/31/2010

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Elizabeth

Worse, Terry asks you to read that section aloud yourself.

dmg

Agreed: How would it sound in my own voice, which is the one voice that ostensibly knows every intended nuance of inflection?

Becky Levine

Love this! And my critique group says the same thing--we hear each other as we write..."You can't LEAVE that!" :)

Susan Chaney

I've been an editor for decades. I've lost track of the number of times I've either edited a passage or asked a writer to do so, then gotten the response, "I thought you might not be happy with that." My advice? If you aren't a completely obsessive writer and you think a passage is subpar, it probably is.

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