September 28, 2007

Tips for better writing

My first editor reminded me of some of these great quotes to help guide our students to better writing.

Arthur Quiller-Couch (among others)
“Murder your darlings.”

Samuel Johnson
“Read over your compositions, and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.”

Elmore Leonard
“If I come across anything in my work that smacks of ‘good writing,’ I immediately strike it out.”

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