Cherie Dimaline's best writing advice? Don't throw anything out

The Canada Reads shortlisted author of The Marrow Thieves gives tips for tackling revisions.
Cherie Dimaline's YA novel The Marrow Thieves will be defended by Jully Black. (CBC)

Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves is being defended by Jully Black on Canada Reads 2018. The YA novel follows a group of Indigenous people from different backgrounds on the run as they are hunted for their marrow, which holds the ability to dream. 

The debates, hosted by Ali Hassan, take place March 26-29, 2018.

CBC Books asked Dimaline for her best writing tip.

"Don't throw any of your writing away. This is something Lee Maracle said to me. I was working on my novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, and she was looking at it with me and said, 'Okay, this needs to come out' and I agreed. She said, 'When you take those pieces out, save them in a file on your computer. Don't throw them out because I guarantee you there's a reason you wrote them and they will come back out.' I have a collection of short stories called A Gentle Habit that came out after that based entirely on those tangents that were pulled out of The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy."

The Canada Reads 2018 contenders:

Cherie Dimaline's comments have been edited and condensed.

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