Month: May 2017

Revive Your Darlings: Reusing Old Material

The popular mantra, “kill your darlings”, attributed to Allen Ginsberg (or was it Arthur Quiller-Couch?) instructs writers to cut material they’re proud of if it will improve the readability of their manuscript. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be used at all. Whether cut or abandoned, old material still has some worth. A case…

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Story: Pete’s Fish

The sunlight strobed across still, rippling sea, the reflection dazzling Pete’s eyes. Distracted, his half-full wine bottle toppled off the wooden picnic bench, exploding on the pale concrete. He stood to wipe himself down with the sleeve of his already-grubby tunic. Already, he was worrying about the fish. If it wasn’t the weather…

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