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My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.”
Unlike Chekov, I do not believe the beginning and the end of a draft is where we do the most lying. It is there that we struggle to begin and resist ending where we write the most garbage. As writers we should always cut the beginning and the end; editing both with the skill and precision of a surgeon.
Particularly with longer pieces of writing, I find that if I cut the first and last paragraphs I can sometimes take a line here and there and use them elsewhere or drop them entirely into my recycle bin.