4 Ways to Become a Better Writer (Pt. 4)

So you want to be a better writer? Maybe its for a blog, maybe its for your creative fiction, or maybe its just for essays assigned to you at school. Either way, over the next few days I will be giving you 4 Tips that will help you become a better writer. and Tip #3.

A few days ago I gave you Tip #1, Tip #2, and Tip #3. Here is your final tip!

4. Reread and Rewrite.

Justice Brandeis: โ€œThere is no great writing, only great rewriting.โ€

James A Michener: โ€œI have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But Iโ€™m one of the worldโ€™s great rewriters.โ€

Michael Crichton: Books arenโ€™t writtenโ€”theyโ€™re rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasnโ€™t quite done it.โ€

Roald Dahl: โ€œGood writing is essentially rewriting. I am positive of this.โ€

Elmore Leonard: โ€œIf it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.โ€

Vladimir Nabokov: โ€œI have rewritten โ€” often several times โ€” every word I have ever published. My pencils outlast their erasers.โ€

Helen Dunmore: โ€œReread, rewrite, reread, rewrite. If it still doesnโ€™t work, throw it away. Itโ€™s a nice feeling, and you donโ€™t want to be cluttered with the corpses of poems and stories which have everything in them except the life they need.โ€

Raymond Chandler: โ€œThrow up into your typewriter every morning. Clean up every noon.โ€

Will Self: โ€œDonโ€™t look back until youโ€™ve written an entire draft, just begin each day from the last sentence you wrote the preceding day. This prevents those cringing feelings, and means that you have a substantial body of work before you get down to the real work which is all in the edit.โ€

Via Justin Taylor

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