Cut To The Bone When Revising

When your story is ready for rewrite, cut it to the bone. Get rid of every ounce of excess fat. This is going to hurt; revising a story down to the bare essentials is always a little like murdering children, but it must be done.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3389.Stephen_King [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].
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Listen To The Critics

The worst advice? ‘Don’t listen to the critics.’ I think that you really ought to listen to the critics, because sometimes they’re telling you something is broken that you can fix.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Stephen King Quotes (Author of The Shining). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/3389.Stephen_King [Accessed 21 Sep. 2019].

Novelists Do Not Write As Birds Sing

Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.

Goodreads.com. (2019). William Golding Quotes (Author of Lord of the Flies). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/306.William_Golding [Accessed 19 Sep. 2019].

Forget What You Meant Once You’ve Written It

The writer probably knows what he meant when he wrote a book, but he should immediately forget what he meant when he’s written it.

Goodreads.com. (2019). William Golding Quotes (Author of Lord of the Flies). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/306.William_Golding [Accessed 19 Sep. 2019].

The Writer’s Oath

The Writer’s Oath
I promise solemnly:
1. to write as often and as much as I can,
2. to respect my writing self, and
3. to nurture the writing of others.
I accept these responsibilities and shall honour them always.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Gail Carson Levine Quotes (Author of Ella Enchanted). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13677.Gail_Carson_Levine [Accessed 17 Sep. 2019].

Your Obligation Is To Write

Know that you are a writer and your obligation, possibly your calling, is to write. Writing is your fallback position. As much as you can, avoid judging your work. When you find yourself doing it, shift your thoughts elsewhere.

— Gail Carson Levine, American Writer.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Gail Carson Levine Quotes (Author of Ella Enchanted). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/13677.Gail_Carson_Levine [Accessed 17 Sep. 2019].

Surprise The Reader With The Unexpected

Provoke the reader. Astonish the reader. Writing that has no surprises is as bland as oatmeal. Surprise the reader with the unexpected verb or adjective. Use one startling adjective per page.

— Anne Bernays, American writer.

Bernays, A. and Painter, P. (2019). What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers. [online] Goodreads.com. Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6561354-what-if-writing-exercises-for-fiction-writers [Accessed 14 Sep. 2019].