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Vladimir Nabokov on rewriting

I have rewritten–often several times–every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers. – Vladimir Nabokov

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T.E. Lawrence on writing first drafts

All the revision in the world will not save a first draft: for the architecture of the thing comes, or fails to come, in the first conception, and revision only affects the detail and ornament. Alas! –T.E. Lawrence Technorati Code: S4MD26A9JYDG

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Perkins on editors

Editors are extremely fallible people, all of them. Don’t put too much trust in them.–Maxwell Perkins

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Tchaikovsky on composition

Even in the works of greatest master we find moments when the organic sequence fails and a skillful join must be made, so that the parts appear as a completely welded whole.–Peter Illich Tchaikovsky

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Uzzell on weak writing

If any draft of your story, on being read, seems to you chronically ailing, stuffed with words, urgently needing surgical attention in vital organs, take it promptly to the nearest ash can and drop it therein without a tear. Don’t clutter your desk and your room with sickly writings, but don’t hesitate to write them!–Thomas […]

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Wheelock on editors

The function of an editor . . . is to serve as a skilled objective outsider, a critical touchstone by recourse to which a writer is enabled to sense flaws in surface or structure, to grasp and solve the artistic or technical problems involved, and thus to realize completely his own owrk in his own […]

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