Now, here is some very useful and solid advice, take note.
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You get a note from a critique partner or editor friend that says, “Cut this filter.”
And you are like, Huh? What?
What’s a filter?
Filters are stuff you write that takes us out of the Main Character’s head for a nanosecond. Usually they aren’t needed. You don’t say to yourself, “I notice it’s raining.” It just rains.
When I came out of the store, I noticed it was raining.
When I came out of the store, the rain was coming down in sheets.
“I noticed” is the filter. We – the readers – are “I.” We notice whatever the MC notices, feels what she feels, etc. Saying I noticed in a story is like narrating to yourself in real life. Vagrants on New York City street corners do that, not your character.
Your story is more reader-centric and…
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