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When I'm doing line edits, I often give a large number of detailed edits to the opening scene, and then far fewer of them later in the story. I wonder whether this is because the author hasn't quite hit their stride in the opening scene, or whether I get caught up in the story and don't notice as many little things later on, or whether I start out too nitpicky and get less so as the story progresses. In many cases I think it's because I tend to feel that one has to be extra-careful in an opening scene not to jar the reader (unless the intent of the whole story is to jar the reader); in general, I think that the weirder the story's world is, the more important it is to ease the reader into that world gently. If you just drop 'em into the boiling water, they're likely to scream.

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