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‘‘What is it?’ asked Ron, my editor. ‘It’s a manuscript written on a computer,’ his colleague told him. ‘I’ve just been sent it from America.’ ‘
‘I was hardly ever edited back then, and never edited myself. As long as I made the word count I could get away with almost anything.’
‘Every. Unnecessary. Word. There were thousands. I could cross out ‘and’ and use the semi-colon; all the stuff that was there just because I’d spent so long in writing it.’
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