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Every avid reader out there is convinced it’s the stunning use of words that makes a great writer. And every struggling writer out there believes it is the beautiful prose that hooks the reader.

Think back to essay writing in your English (or in my case, Croatian) classes back in elementary school. You might still hear your teacher raving about the lush, beautiful sentences, while conveniently ignoring the fact that the story itself was either a giant clump of consecutive things that happened (with not much causality between them), or all together — nonexistent.

Bestselling books, the classics . . . they’re all beautifully written (or most of them, anyway). So, intuitively we conclude — aided by our creative writing teachers — that it is stunning prose that makes a story worth reading.

When in fact, it’s the exact opposite.

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