Today, AuthorHouse Author’s Digest presents some quotes about editing–not just book editing, but also music and film editing. Enjoy!
“No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published.” – J. Russell Lynes
“If you re-read your work, you can find on re-reading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by re-reading and editing.” – William Safire
“I’m all for the scissors. I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil.” – Truman Capote
“The film is made in the editing room. The shooting of the film is about shopping, almost. It’s like going to get all the ingredients together, and you’ve got to make sure before you leave the store that you got all the ingredients. And then you take those ingredients and you can make a good cake – or not.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman
“Editing might be a bloody trade, but knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. Surgeons use them too.” – Blake Morrison
“The best advice on writing was given to me by my first editor, Michael Korda, of Simon and Schuster, while writing my first book. ‘Finish your first draft and then we’ll talk,’ he said. It took me a long time to realize how good the advice was. Even if you write it wrong, write and finish your first draft. Only then, when you have a flawed whole, do you know what you have to fix.” – Dominick Dunne
“The main thing I try to do is write as clearly as I can. I rewrite a good deal to make it clear.” – E.B. White
“No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else’s draft.” – H.G. Wells
“There Are Two Typos Of People In This World: Those Who Can Edit And Those Who Can’t.” – Jarod Kintz
“I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” – Shannon Hale
“Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear.” – Patricia Fuller
“I put myself in the place of the listener when editing my writing. The last thing that I want to do is be preached at and told who to be or what to think when listening to an artist. However, I do want to be inspired. There’s a fine line.” – Macklemore
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