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I suppose some editors are failed writers — but so are most writers. – T.S. Eliot
The beautiful part of writing is that you don’t have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon. – Robert Cormier
Only a mediocre writer is always at his best. – W. Somerset Maugham
There is no great writing, only great rewriting. – Justice Louis Brandeis
Writing IS editing. – Anonymous
It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous. – Robert Charles Benchley
Your manuscript is both good and original. But the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. – Samuel Johnson
Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for love, and then for a few close friends, and then for money. – Moliere
I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s greatest rewriters. – James A. Michener
The dubious privilege of a freelance writer is he’s given the freedom to starve anywhere. – S.J. Perelman
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft. – H.G. Wells
Editing Hemingway was like wrestling with a god. – Tom Jenks
Editing is rewording activity. – Anonymous
The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug. – Mark Twain
Inside every fat book is a thin book screaming to get out. – Anonymous
The universe is made of stories, not of atoms. – Muriel Rukeyser
Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it. – Madeleine L’Engle
Anyone who can not write should. – Harlan Ellison
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. – Douglas Adams
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. – G.K. Chesterton
If you can tell stories,create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn't matter a damn how you write. – W. Somerset Maugham
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