There is no great writing, only great rewriting. Louis D. Brandeis
Of every four words I write, I strike out three. Nicolas Boileau
Omit needless words. William Strunk Jr.
Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. Henry David Thoreau
The best writing is rewriting. E. B. White
An incinerator is a writer’s best friend. Thornton Wilder
I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter. James A. Michener
Most of my work consisted of crossing out. Crossing out was the secret of all good writing. Mark Haddon