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Craft and editing
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The essence of craft and craft being responsible for pulling all practical and thematic considerations together is explained, with examples. Time-saving devices, such as appropriate and timely planning and outlining, are emphasised, along with the hard work that is always needed to create an effective first draft and subsequent drafts. A number of writers’ approaches are explored, highlighting that there are no right or wrong ways, just hard and considered work. The dangers of being overly prescriptive or imperial are considered, and with reference to Matthew Salesses’s landmark contemporary text, Craft in the Real World. John Banville’s approaches to crime fiction and craft are considered. Practical and appropriate approaches to self-editing are explored and explained, along with the need to be authentic, and true to yourself and your work. Henry Sutton’s twenty-five craft tips are outlined. The work concludes with an emphasis on authorial control.

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