Friday, July 1, 2011

Quotes and Cookies: Excellent Rewriter

The first time I read this quote, I was in love. 

"I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter."

~James Michener

I love that it gives you permission to not try to make the first draft perfect.

And I love it because I LOVE revising. It's my favorite part of writing, because it can turn an okay story into a good story. The next round of revisions, can turn it from good to great. Another pass, and it can go from great to superb. Another and it can go to exceptional. Every single time through gets more and more exciting, because the story gets more and more exciting!

Ahh. Revising is my bff. I love it.

In honor of revising, let's have cookies! Nice crispy outside, squishy inside cookies. Cheers!
How about you? Do you love revising, or are you an excellent writer to start with?


Taffy said...

HI Peggy! I'm eating Milano cookies today :)

Erin Apelu said...

I hate revising when it's past, oh lets see, the hundreth time you've done it!!!!! Seriously my MS is so different now than it was last year, like a completely different story--but BETTER!!!

Oh, and I think we should have a cookie bake off. I back da BOMB cookies. We could bake them, meet for lunch with the girls, and then have a blindfolded taste test...if you're up for the challenge????

Jessie Humphries said...

I dont think I would say I LOVE revising. In fact, I would go so far as to say I DONT love revising. But that's just me:)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Taffy-- YUM! Are you also editing? It makes them taste even better. :)

Erin-- Bring. It. On. If I do say so myself, I make some killer Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies.

Jessie-- Your comment made me laugh. LOUDLY. Next time you need to revise, try it with cookies. PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP ones, to be precise. It will change your life. Really. It'll make you LOVE revising. :)