#WritingQuote – “It is perfectly okay to write garbage, as long as you edit brilliantly.” C. J. Cherryh

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It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.
– C. J. Cherryh

How many great books have you read? Probably a number of them. How many great books have been written? A lot more than we can ever count but do you know that a number of these books were once terrible first drafts that if we ever read, we would wonder how our favorite authors thought it fit to write such bad pieces?

Can you imagine how many errors, mistakes and cancellations each draft would contain? What makes the difference? Great editing.

What you see in a book is not all there is about the book, it is all the writer has chosen to show you. If only you could get the manusript and see how many times it was edited.

Use your one page blog post as an example. How many times do you go over and over, changing something new each time? How much more a book, a movie script, or an anthology.

Good writing doesn’t mean the absence of mistakes, good writing is in fact great editing and re-wriitng. Editing of words and sometimes refining of ideas until it makes perfect sense in the most beautiful way.

Don’t throw away your ‘garbage’ because it can be edited. It is perfetly okay to write garbage as long as you can edit briliantly.


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