We edit to let the fire show through…
(Learn the big difference between what’s interesting to you
and what’s interesting—period.)
My wife took a look at the first version of something I was writing not long ago and said,
“Dammit, man, that’s high school stuff.”
I have to tell her to wait until the seventh draft, it’ll work out all right.
I don’t know why that should be so, that the first or second draft of everything
I write reads that way.
Everything that can be said can be said clearly.
Getting it wrong is part of
getting it right.