“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 have rewritten — often several times — every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.” ~
The majority of us may not be using pencils – with our without erasers – for the processes of creative writing. Still . . . the message is loud and clear, do you not agree?
“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!”
~ , author of Cruelty to Innocents
“Merely because you have got something to say that may be of interest to others does not free you from making all due effort to express that something in the best possible medium and form.” ~ Letter to Max E. Feckler (October 26, 1914), Jack London
“Making love to me is amazing. Wait, I meant: making love, to me, is amazing. The absence of two little commas nearly transformed me into a sex god.
” ~ From Love Quotes for the Ages. Specifically Ages 19-91 by Dark Jar Tin Zoo