“Writing is like riding a bike. Once you gain momentum, the hills are easier. Editing, however, requires a motor and some horsepower.” ~ Gina McKnight
“Editing is like pruning the rose bush you thought was so perfect and beautiful until it overgrew the garden.” ~
“We achieve originality of style not by avoiding the influences of others but by blending them into a combination that has not been heard before.” ~
“In writing, there is art. And in art there is craft . . .” ~
“Remove the comma, replace the comma, remove the comma, replace the comma . . .”
“If you don’t hate your darlings a little by the time they go to press, you haven’t edited them enough.” ~
Do I ever agree with the sentiment quoted above! (I had posted another statement by the same author. My mind seems to work along hers . . .)
“An aspiring writer should write one time and edit ten times.” ~ Amit Kalantri
Please, take the reference to “ten” in the quote above only as a suggestion when the number of editing rounds is concerned. I do.
“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.” ~
I do relate. How about you?
“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.” ~
I have posted this quote before. I seem not to get enough of this critical insight . . .
“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” ~