Storytelling Tip

You’ve just written the final sentence of your story. Now comes the hard part. You’ve got to figure out what to cut. 
These days, readers’ attention spans seem to shrink by the hour. An effective storyteller responds to this challenge by removing elements that fail to serve the purpose of the piece. 
Did you go down any unnecessary rabbit holes? Did you use a 50-word quote that could have been 25? Did you repeat a point in paragraph 12 that you already made in paragraph 4? Then start deleting. 
Keep this simple self-editing mantra in mind: If it doesn’t add to the story, it subtracts from it. 

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