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Teaser Tuesday: Beginnings, Middles, & Ends

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Put them on your own blog, if you have one, and link to it in a comment to today's entry on the Books And A Beat page. If you don't have a blog, share your teaser in the comment.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I've just finished reading a nonfiction book about fiction writing, Beginnings, Middles, & Ends, by science-fiction author Nancy Kress. Here is part of what she has to say about how long it takes to write a book. This is from page 109.

The truth is, writing a novel takes as long as it takes. You may be a fast writer, or one who, like Joseph Conrad, works much more slowly ("In the course of that working day of eight hours I write three sentences, which I erase before leaving the table in despair.").