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Ars Technica | Alan Wake's American Nightmare Review

In his 2006 expository composition guidebook On Writing Well, William Zinsser writes, "Rewriting is the essence of writing well: it's where the game is won or lost." Prolific authors know this truth by experience, with piles of cut sentences, rewritten scenes, and forsaken adverbs lying like so many bodies under the baseboards of a backspace key.

Protagonist Alan Wake's editorial body count in the downloadable American Nightmare is a comparable graveyard of stricken concepts and dispatched lumberjacks. It smacks as loudly of authorial allegory as the 2010 Alan Wake retail release and its DLC (The Signal and The Writer). To hear the conflicted Wake tell his story, the struggle again falls between light and darkness.

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