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?


  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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