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Beginners: Critique your way to better writing

Read incisively, and you improve your own work as you go, says Adrian Magson

Heard the advice for budding writers – read, read, read?

It’s often said but not always understood. Reading other works is not simply an entertainment between writing projects; reading is also about discovering other styles, content, structure, punctuation, characters and a whole lot more – and learning from them.

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