By Gajan Tharmabalan

Reading the work of great writers can, and should be, a humbling experience for those that want to improve their literary craft. Caroline McMillan, writing for The Daily Muse, highlights a handful of key things to keep in mind when editing your own work. My favorite excerpt?

5. Be Ruthless

The final step is to edit your work down. Yes, chop some of those words, sentences, and paragraphs. Like crazy. I know, I know—killing babies. But this will help make sure that the true meat of your piece is what shines.

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