revisions :: writing it right
July 26, 2016
I’m working on revisions for a book I recently finished. A lot of writers despise this part of the process. We scratch our heads, wondering why we didn’t write it right the first time. Well, because…I don’t know why. A first draft just comes out the way it does. I tell myself revision is re-vision. I get a chance to apply a new vision to the work. To re-imagine it. That’s not so bad, right?
Today’s wisdom is from the master, Dr. Seuss.
So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.
Singing Cats (endpaper from Cat in the Hat songbook)
Dr. Seuss is my hero for a lot of reasons. The perfect quote above is one of those reasons. Also, I collect his art. I admire his career. Did you know, he never took an advance from a publisher? Which probably makes him a hero to publishers as well…
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