What Must Be Kept

My fake-niece Sarah moved in with me when she was eleven. Sarah’s a writer, so she used to show me her stories, and when I was done reading them, she’d say, “What did you love?” I used to think that was cute; now I think it was genius. “What did you love?” and its older, smarter brother, “What must be kept?” are the most important questions you can ask of your beta readers. Continue reading