Posts tagged ‘editing’

June 20, 2013

Quote of the Day: Tom Stoppard

I write scenes – often quite long scenes – mainly because I still get seduced into writing six lines where one and a half will do.

March 26, 2013

Quote of the Day: Frank Yerby

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.

December 10, 2012

Quote of the Day: Unknown

Inside every fat book is a thin book trying to get out.

September 28, 2012

Quote of the Day: Henry David Thoreau

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.

January 20, 2012

Quote of the Day: Oscar Wilde

I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning and took out a comma.  In the afternoon, I put it back in.