I'm hard at work, revising my guts out, trying to put together a clean, compact post which I was invited to contribute to a friend's blog. It's one thing to muck around here, but I don't want to leave a mess if I can help it over at her place. Ugh, editing is hard. Let's go to the mall.
Here are some diverting quotes I found on the subject of edits and revisions. They're keeping me going, and from taking myself too seriously. Slash and burn! Oh, that's my motto now!
Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.
Short stories are designed to deliver their impact in as few pages as possible. A tremendous amount is left out, and a good short story writer learns to include only the most essential information.
—Orson Scott Card
I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.
It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
—C. J. Cherryh
Half of being smart is knowing what you're dumb at.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
The moment of recognizing your own lack of talent is a flash of genius.
—Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.
One extends one's limits only by exceeding them.
—M. Scott Peck
It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.
The wastepaper basket is the writer's best friend.
—Isaac Bashevis Singer
You never learn how to write a novel. You just learn how to write the novel that you're writing.
It is my contention that a really great novel is made with a knife and not a pen. A novelist must have the intestinal fortitude to cut out even the most brilliant passage so long as it doesn't advance the story.
A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.