Suzanne asked Tana French:

What is the best piece of advice you've received about writing?

Tana French Cut the dream sequence.

My husband is my first reader, and he's amazing at it. In particular, he has a demon eye for any kind of structural sloppiness. And he's killed every dream sequence I've ever written (except the prologue of The Likeness; he let me away with that one). He says that a dream sequence is almost invariably either a repetition of something that's already done within the actual action, or a lazy way of doing something that should be done within the actual action. And he's right. These days I just kill the dream sequences before I even hand the book over to him.

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