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Quotes About Editing

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Dr. Seuss
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
Dr. Seuss

Colette
“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."

(Casual Chance, 1964)”
Colette

Richard Bach
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.”
Richard Bach

Stephen King
“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Jarod Kintz
“There Are Two Typos Of People In This World: Those Who Can Edit And Those Who Can’t”
Jarod Kintz, There are Two Typos of People in This World: Those Who Can Edit and Those Who Can't

Stephen King
“When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done, you have to step back and look at the forest.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Don Roff
“I've found the best way to revise your own work is to pretend that somebody else wrote it and then to rip the living shit out of it.”
Don Roff

Shannon Hale
“I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”
Shannon Hale

“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.”
Patricia Fuller

C.K. Webb
“Edit your manuscript until your fingers bleed and you have memorized every last word. Then, when you are certain you are on the verge of insanity...edit one more time!”
C.K. Webb

C.K. Webb
“We never end up with the book we began writing. Characters twist it and turn it until they get the life that is perfect for them. A good writer won't waste their time arguing with the characters they create...It is almost always a waste of time and people tend to stare when you do!”
C.K. Webb

Nick Hornby
“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...

Actually, when you think about it, not many novels in the Spare tradition are terribly cheerful. Jokes you can usually pluck out whole, by the roots, so if you're doing some heavy-duty prose-weeding, they're the first to go. And there's some stuff about the whole winnowing process I just don't get. Why does it always stop when the work in question has been reduced to sixty or seventy thousand words--entirely coincidentally, I'm sure, the minimum length for a publishable novel? I'm sure you could get it down to twenty or thirty if you tried hard enough. In fact, why stop at twenty or thirty? Why write at all? Why not just jot the plot and a couple of themes down on the back of an envelope and leave it at that? The truth is, there's nothing very utilitarian about fiction or its creation, and I suspect that people are desperate to make it sound manly, back-breaking labor because it's such a wussy thing to do in the first place. The obsession with austerity is an attempt to compensate, to make writing resemble a real job, like farming, or logging. (It's also why people who work in advertising put in twenty-hour days.) Go on, young writers--treat yourself to a joke, or an adverb! Spoil yourself! Readers won't mind!”
Nick Hornby, The Polysyllabic Spree

Tiffany Madison
“While writing is like a joyful release, editing is a prison where the bars are my former intentions and the abusive warden my own neuroticism.”
Tiffany Madison

Jaclyn Moriarty
“When she got back from taking Cassie to school Fancy knew that she ought to be working on her wilderness romance. She had promised thirty thousand words to her editor by tomorrow, and she had only written eleven. Specifically:
His rhinoceros smelled like a poppadom: sweaty, salty, strange and strong.
Her editor would cut that line.”
Jaclyn Moriarty, The Spell Book of Listen Taylor

Jarod Kintz
“There are two typos of people in this world: those who can edit, and those who can't.”
Jarod Kintz

S. Kelley Harrell
“If I can only write my memoir once, how do I edit it?”
S. Kelley Harrell

Dalma Heyn
“[Women's magazines]ignore older women or pretend that they don’t exist; magazines try to avoid photographs of older women, and when they feature celebrities who are over sixty, ‘retouching artists’ conspire to ‘help’ beautiful women look more beautiful, ie less than their age...By now readers have no idea what a real woman’s 60 year old face looks like in print because it’s made to look 45. Worse, 60 year old readers look in the mirror and think they are too old, because they’re comparing themselves to some retouched face smiling back at them from a magazine.”
Dalma Heyn

Shaila M. Abdullah
“How do you end a story that’s not yours? Add another sentence where there is a pause? Infiltrate the story with a comma when really there should have been a period? Punctuate with an exclamation point where a period would have sufficed? What if you kill something breathing and breathe life into something the author wanted to eliminate? How do you get inside the mind of a person who isn’t there? Fill the shoes of someone who will never again fill his own?”
Shaila M. Abdullah

Jeanne Voelker
“I edit my own stories to death. They eventually run and hide from me.”
Jeanne Voelker

“I have always believed in the principle that immediate survival is more important than long-term survival.”
Jack McClelland, Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters

Jarod Kintz
“It’s easy to see what to do once it’s already been done. The difficult time is before it’s to be done, and while you’re doing it. This is the difference between writing and editing.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

Jarod Kintz
“Sometimes I write about the forest, sometimes I write about the trees, and occasionally I’ll write about the lumberjack. Actually, the lumberjack is more the editing part, figuring what needs to be cut.”
Jarod Kintz, Seriously delirious, but not at all serious

“It has been our experience that American houses insist on very comprehensive editing; that English houses as a rule require little or none and are inclined to go along with the author's script almost without query. The Canadian practice is just what you would expect--a middle-of-the-road course. We think the Americans edit too heavily and interfere with the author's rights. We think that the English publishers don't take enough editorial responsibility. Naturally, then, we consider our editing to be just about perfect. There's no doubt about it, we Canadians are a superior breed! (in a letter to author Margaret Laurence, dated May, 1960)”
Jack McClelland, Imagining Canadian Literature: The Selected Letters

Christopher Hitchens
“Authors who moan with praise for their editors always seem to reek slightly of the Stockholm syndrome.”
Christopher Hitchens, Blood, Class and Empire: The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship

Suzanne Finnamore
“For most people, I edit. Most people are definitely getting along on the Cliffs Notes.”
Suzanne Finnamore, Otherwise Engaged

Jarod Kintz
“Today I ate my manuscript with the very spoon I used to write it with. My book was called “Chicken Noodle Soup for the Stomach.”
I wrote it with alphabet soup, and then edited it with a can of chicken noodle soup.”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

“The great correspondent of the seventeenth century Madame de Sevigne counseled, "Take chocolate in order that even the most tireome company seem acceptable to you," which is also sound advice today!”
Barrie Kerper, Paris: The Collected Traveler

Jarod Kintz
“A writer edits his thoughts more thoroughly the more readers he has. You can tell I only have two readers, myself included.”
Jarod Kintz, A Zebra is the Piano of the Animal Kingdom

Jarod Kintz
“I’ll bet if I write a sentence and mention the word “edit,” people will slow down and scour my words for errors. Did it wrok?
”
Jarod Kintz, This is the best book I've ever written, and it still sucks

Jarod Kintz
“I’m an open book—an open book I’m still writing and editing. My book is a romance novel, sort of like The Secret.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not for Sale

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