Friday, October 11, 2013

Quotes and Cookies: Books aren't written, they're rewritten

I mentioned on Tuesday that my second book went to copy edits. After massive amounts of edits, it's finally to the point where it's only minor things that will change. I cannot even begin to tell you how awesome this makes me feel! It has taken rewrite after rewrite, round of edits after round of edits to get just right.

Want to know what makes me happy right now? The fact that someone like Michael Crichton said this:


Books aren't written, they're rewritten. Including your own.
It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh
rewrite hasn't quite done it.

~Michael Crichton


Because if he spends rewrite after rewrite to get his books the way they need to be, then we all should expect ours to, too.

This calls for a really indulgent, comfort food-ish cookie. Enjoy!

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10 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

You know, that kind of makes me feel better. :D so excited that your getting to close!

JeffO said...

I'm now hungry. Have a great weekend!

Susan Kane said...

I could do with a fresh-from-the-oven cookie about now.

Linda King said...

Great quote - and very reassuring! If only I could reach into the screen and grasp that cookie. I can almost smell it...

Susanne Drazic said...

Great quote. Thanks for the cyber cookie. : )

Rena said...

basically, that's my mantra as I go back through to rewrite a book. And then edit it. And maybe rewrite the bloody thing again. I know it's frustrating, but there's no arguing with the end product.

Carrie-Anne said...

I actually enjoy when I have to do significant rewriting and restructuring of a book. It's like getting to write it twice, thrice, or more, and go on that journey all over again, even years later.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I won a copy of your book! Just had to brag ;)

Accepting that massive rewrites is the norm was the hardest, yet most comforting thing I ever learned!

BECKY said...

I love that quote, too, Peggy! I didn't want to believe it when I was a novice writer, only a few years ago! But as time went by and I rewrote and rewrote and rewrote before even sending it to any kind of editor, I saw it with my own eyes! If I would've published my memoir any sooner (almost there!) it wouldn't have any good, at all! It HAS been a long and grueling process, but when the light at the end of the tunnel appears....magic!

Nicole said...

I've loved seeing all your launch news these past few weeks. Just finished Sky Jumpers this weekend and loved it! It's been so fun to tag along for the journey, and your quotes in this post are right on.