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[Comments] (4) Slush Pile Tips: Okay, all the Thoughtcrime Experiments line edits are out and everyone has been paid. There's one story that still needs some rewrite but we're ready to start laying this sucker out.

I thought I'd take the opportunity to publish some of our hard-won Slush Pile Tips(tm), amazing rules that, if followed slavishly, will launch your fiction into some metaphorical orbit. Rules marked with an asterisk are ones that we still consider to be good advice even though we're publishing a story that violates them.

A lot of the things we've noticed are small things, but just fixing them won't necessarily fix the story. These are more like code smells: signs that something is wrong at a deeper level.

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Posted by Susie at Tue Mar 31 2009 21:20

Can the non-British use "hey, lady, get out of my way!" etc?

Posted by Leonard at Tue Mar 31 2009 21:44

A character can, but the narrator can't.

Posted by rachel at Wed Apr 01 2009 05:09


Posted by Sumana at Thu Apr 16 2009 13:56

I need to write a whole blog entry about the strange oversupply of stories in which the protagonist and hero of the tale has divorced his wife and is proud that he isn't paying his ex any alimony.

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