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Perseverance is a necessary trait for any writer, but what about detachment? Moving on is a vital but relatively undervalued skill. How do you know when it’s time to let go of a character, a story idea, a scene, or a rhetorical phrase? Killing Your Darlings 301.
Alaya Dawn Johnson is the author of six novels for adults and young adults. Her novel The Summer Prince was longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Her most recent, Love Is the Drug, won the Andre Norton Award. Her short stories have appeared in many magazines and anthologies, including Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015, Zombies vs. Unicorns and Welcome to Bordertown. In addition to the Norton, she has won the Nebula and Cybils Awards and been nominated for the Indies Choice Award and Locus Award. She lives in Mexico City where she is getting her master’s in mesoamerican studies.