Wednesday, March 3, 2010


I am hip-deep in revisions as I put the finishing touches on my latest mystery game. My apologies to all you wonderful blogger-pals for my lack of comments yesterday and today. Trust me when I say I'm still reading all of your posts - but the time for I use for commenting is being put into my game.

I'm leaving you today with a few quotes about editing and revisions - see you on the other side!

"The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. You can always do it better..."~Robert Cormier

"The great thing about revision is that it's your opportunity to fake being brilliant."~Will Shetterly

"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

"The difference between the right and the nearly right word is the same as that between lightning and the lightning bug." ~ Mark Twain

"The wastebasket is the writer's best friend."~ Isaac Singer

"The most valuable of talents is never using two words when one will do."~Thomas Jefferson

"This morning I took out a comma, and this afternoon I put it back again."~ Oscar Wilde

"I can't write five words but that I can change seven."~ Dorothy Parker

"Rewriting is like scrubbing the basement floor with a toothbrush."~ Pete Murphy

"To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again and once more, and over and over."~ John Hersey

"It is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." ~Robert Southey

"My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip."~Elmore Leonard


  1. I really like these, thanks so much for posting them! I'm going to write them all in my little writing-motivational book I keep!

  2. Excellent, I can relate to all of these. I love Dorothy Parker quotes :)

  3. Karen; I'm glad you like them.

    Deb; Wasn't she wonderful? Some of my favourite sayings come from Dorothy Parker.

  4. I once knew a woman who scrubbed her kitchen floor with a toothbrush once a week. Every week. We didn't have much in common. It's a good thing I'm not a brain surgeon is all I can say.

  5. My favorite is Elmore Leonard's advice. If only it was as easy to do as he makes it sound.

  6. Great quotes. Do you mind if I capture them for a blog on The Blood Red Pencil? I will be happy to link back to your blog and acknowledge that I got them here.

    Good luck with the revisions.

  7. Jane; If only!

    Maryann; I don't mind at all, in fact, I'm honored.

  8. Love the brain surgery quote - awesome!!

  9. Love the quotes. Good luck with the revisions.

  10. Jemi; I'm so glad that quote is true.

    Mason; Thanks. All done - I hope.

  11. "It is with words as with sunbeams -- the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn." ~Robert Southey

    Oh my gosh! I love that quote- it's actually one I've never seen before. I adore quotes- I do a quote of the day in my classroom. The students love them- they give me a hard time on the rare days I don't have one up before the bell rings.


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