revisions :: writing it right

July 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

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.
–Dr. Seuss

Singing Cats (endpaper from Cat in the Hat songbook)

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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