Writing Quotes

As I start the next round of rewrites on my novel, these quotes remind me of the importance of editing and reworking a piece until it’s as strong as I can make it, never losing sight of the reader.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams

 

Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination.
Louise Brooks

 

It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.
C. J. Cherryh

 

Books aren’t written, they’re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it…
Michael Crichton

 

Try any goddam thing you like, no matter how boringly normal or outrageous. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t, toss it. Toss it even if you love it.
Stephen King

 

I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s great rewriters.
James A. Michener

 

Everything that is written merely to please the author is worthless.
Blaise Pascal

 

It is better to write a bad first draft than to write no first draft at all.
Will Shetterly

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