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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

R. A. Lafferty on Terry Carr on Getting and Keeping a Reader

"Terry Carr taught me that a story must begin with a bang.... Terry also told me that, 'You can lose a reader, completely and forever, in fifteen seconds. Never leave him even a fifteen-second interval without a hook to jerk him back.' Anything else Terry told me is contained in those two very good pieces of advice."
-- R. A. Lafferty interview with Tom Jackson

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