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"I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy, in that England which I shall see no more...
"I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. I see her, an old woman, weeping for me on the anniversary of this day. I see her and her husband, their course done, lying side by side in their last earthly bed, and I know that each was not more honoured and held sacred in the other's soul, than I was in the souls of both...
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."

(From A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens)


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8. It’s better to have a ‘frankendraft’ than 10,000 words of finely wrought prose. Writers are often paralysed by the idea of writing a bad sentence but until you’ve finished a project you have no idea of what you’ve got. A potential novel is just that, the real novel is the one you actually wrote. Better to push on to the end of something than agonise over sentences. The whole thing will need redrafting anyway – when you have finished a piece, however unwieldy and full of mistakes, you actually have the raw material to work with and turn into something better.


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