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Don't Trash It!

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Among the things this writing stuff has shown me, is that the more you write and read, the more you learn, and - nothing needs to be wasted.

Two of my published manuscripts changed markedly during the editing process, when words like 'I don't think you need this chapter'. and 'Start the story further in'. had me cringing.

Not because I believed my prose to be remarkable and needed sharing with the world [as if!] but because I had spent hours, days, weeks sometimes researching the historical aspects - from what play was being performed in the theatre in the town where my characters stayed, to what a fashionable lady wore to socialise that year.

Cut the chapters I did, but at the same time shed a silent tear for all that lost work. At the time I doubted I would write a similar book, so imagined this research would be consigned to oblivion - like all those misplaced modifiers that keep tripping me up.

Not so - I began putting together the structure for another story…

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