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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Wise words on editing

"I believe more in the scissors than I do in the pencil." — Truman Capote

"All writing is a process of elimination." — Martha Albrand

"There is no great writing, only great rewriting." — Justice Brandeis

"I have made this letter longer, because I have not had the time to make it shorter." — Blaise Pascal

"When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don't mean utterly, but kill most of them - then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart." — Mark Twain

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