“The only kind of writing is rewriting.” ~ Ernest Hemingway
“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.” ~ Victor Hugo
“Kill your darlings.” ~ William Faulkner
(i.e., be willing to cut or delete even your fav lines for the overall good of the writing. Not easy, but often it’s the answer.
“Describe, don’t label.” ~ Val Serrano. This derives from the old famous quote “Show, don’t tell.” But how to show becomes the question? And describe is the answer.
Basic example: She has pretty hair. (label=pretty) vs. Her long, dark brown hair made her look like a shampoo ad model. (Not my best writing, but you get the idea). Here, the fictional character is describing the girl’s hair as he sees it, which also slightly characterizes him.
“The secret of being tiresome is to tell everything.” ~ Voltaire
Great quote on the concept of knowing what to leave out being as important as knowing what to include in your story.