It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
- C. J. Cherryh
Put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer.
But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity,
and destroy most of it. - Colette
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore
for the reader who reads. - Dr. Seuss
|By Elena Hormiga|
Anyone and everyone taking a writing class knows that the secret of
good writing is to cut it back, pare it down, winnow, chop, hack, prune,
and trim, remove every superfluous word, compress, compress,
compress. - Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree
I edit my own stories to death. They eventually run and hide from me.
- Jeanne Voelker
I have rewritten — often several times — every word I have ever
published. My pencils outlast their erasers.
- Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory
I leave out the parts that people skip. - Elmore Leonard
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein
Four basic premises of writing: clarity, brevity, simplicity, and humanity.
- William Zinsser
The shorter and the plainer the better. - Beatrix Potter