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Richard Scrimger: Cut It Out

[Regarding] getting that first sentence down and following through... Practical tip: I worked with Paul Quarrington, the late Paul Quarrington--the lamented, late Paul Quarrington--and he said, “Here’s a good tip.” He said when you start your story, start your novel, at the end of the day’s work, go back and take out the first paragraph. Just take it out. That was [...] a little exercise before you start actually running the race. Take out the first couple sentences, maybe the first paragraph, maybe. There’ll be a spot, honestly not at the beginning of what you wrote, a spot a little farther down where you actually started to find [your footing].

Richard Scrimger, 2010, from a talk given with Miriam Toews