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Against all logic, at the end of every long project, I seem to feel it necessary to rip out a wall, buy a new place, install a new bathroom. I guess the reason I reread so often and so much of my own work is precisely that a good writer must be a good copyeditor. JB: Alas.

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Another misguiding thing about the book is when it covers the "golden" rule of contemporary fiction: show and tell. Another way of saying this is that the book or story knows more than I do.

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Do you have a strategy for checking all those things as you read? The main focus of the book is literary fiction and is admittedly biased against genre fiction with a convincing reason: "whereas writing literary fiction can teach you how to write good genre fiction, writing genre fiction does not teach you how to write good literary fiction.

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JB: Oh, wow. She does, however, cover what makes good telling in a wholly different chapter under a different name: summary. Do you have a strategy for checking all those things as you read? I added a section on kinds of fiction, and then on appropriation. Now I can look over my computer and through the dining room to two large windows, Deco buildings, and a slice of Lake Michigan. JB: Every edition changed somewhat, though basic principles remained the same. I guess the reason I reread so often and so much of my own work is precisely that a good writer must be a good copyeditor. Another misguiding thing about the book is when it covers the "golden" rule of contemporary fiction: show and tell. Early on there were recommendations of other how-to writing books, until there became too many to read and choose from. Another way of saying this is that the book or story knows more than I do. Complication, danger, and heartbreak follow. JB: What you need in order to write is intensely personal, and I envy those who can write anywhere and at any time. I do not economize on the number of readings—even for a novel.

As you point out, I give many bits of advice, and you could end up correcting your piece to death.

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