Thursday, February 18, 2010

Trimming the Fat

An uncharacteristically-short entry today (blame the freshman essays piling up, lol). Yep, another Stephen King quote. It speaks to the challenge and to the main POINT of editing: trimming the fat. Stepping away from yourself and letting the story become the shining star. So profound, so true:

When you write, you tell yourself a story. When you rewrite you take out everything that is NOT the story. ~Stephen King


  1. Great quote - am currently rewriting my book right now and hoping that it's ten times better than the first!

  2. Never thought of it that way.....but it makes perfect sense. Rewriting should 'trim the fat' so you're just left with the meat.