Oh, how I love these quotes from great writers on the art of revision. Read The Atlantic article here.

My favourites are these two:

Interviewer: How much rewriting do you do?
Hemingway: It depends. I rewrote the ending of Farewell to Arms, the last page of it, 39 times before I was satisfied.
Interviewer: Was there some technical problem there? What was it that had stumped you?
Hemingway: Getting the words right. —Ernest Hemingway, The Paris Review Interview, 1956

“Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.” —Mark Twain

What about you? Do you believe the best writing is rewriting?

3 COMMENTS

  1. These are two of my fave quotes too Donna! And yes, I do think rewriting is a much harder, but more critical, part of good writing – especially in a business setting.

    Great post!

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