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Useful Quotes


“I learned with my first novel that it is entirely possible for me to write something and not see what is wrong with it. Before that, I thought I was fairly self-critical, a pretty good judge of my own writing. But what I realized is that the flush of happiness that often follows in the wake of finishing a big piece of writing is a wonderful high, but it can also be blinding. And when you are in that state and you try to read your own work, you read not only your words as they appear on the page but your words suffused with your own emotion, with all these associations and colors that you bring to it. In my experience, you need—at least I need—a much cooler head to really see the thing: to see only the words on the page. And only then can you begin to wrestle with what you have.”

—The amazing Adelle Waldman, author of The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.


Sad but true: “Quick, tossed-off, last-minute additions, typed right before you submit the final manuscript, probably aren’t a good idea, no matter how funny or emotionally powerful you might feel they are at the time of impulsively writing them. Always allow time to come back and read something from a distance.”

Geoff Manaugh