November 8, 2011

Quote Garden - Revise with me

In writing, you must kill all your darlings.
William Faulkner

I love revision. Where else can spilled milk be turned into ice cream?
Katherine Paterson

I would write a book, or a short story, at least three times--once to understand it, the second time to improve the prose, and a third to compel it to say what it still must say.
Somewhere I put it this way: first drafts are for learning what one's fiction wants him to say. Revision works with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to reform it. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.
Bernard Malamud

Nothing quite has reality for me till I write it all down--revising and embellishing as I go. I'm always waiting for things to be over so I can get home and commit them to paper.
Erica Jong

Revision means throwing out the boring crap and making what’s left sound natural.
Laurie Halse Anderson

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