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Your Writing Coach 2nd ed: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication by Jurgen Wolff

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“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.”

—Bill Cosby

The hardest part of being a writer is dealing with rejection. In fact, it’s probably the hardest part of life in general. If you doubt that people are extremely sensitive in this regard, you may be surprised by the results of a fascinating experiment conducted by Lisa Zadro at the University of New South Wales, Australia. The researchers had people play a game of “catch” on a computer with several other people who were also hooked up to the system elsewhere. In fact, the game was fixed: The only human playing was the test subject, and the computer was programmed to pass him or her the ball only ...

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