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Focus on one thing.

A quick way to improve your writing.

David Gane
David Gane

What is the single focus of your...
Too often, writers try to cram in too much. Instead, they should cut out the excess or break it into separate ideas.

If you are struggling to make something work, then simplify. Ask: What is its focus?

PS - This doesn’t mean you can’t have over one idea, but first, get good at focusing on the one before you make it harder on yourself to add more.


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Co-writer of the Shepherd and Wolfe young adult mysteries, the internationally award-winning series, and teacher of storytelling and screenwriting.


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