2 Quotes, Stephen King

“To write is human, to edit is divine.”

 “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” 
― both quotes from
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

 I agree wholeheartedly that when you’re in your first rough draft, keep the door closed, i.e., don’t let others see it until it’s had time to “cook” on the page.

 But after that first draft, it’s time to get tough-skinned and be willing to allow another trusted writer or editor to go over your writing and help you tighten it, with a keen eye for what to keep in and what to throw out.  This is what separates amateurs from seasoned writers.

 Remember, every story you’ve ever read since you were six years old had the input of an editor intermingled with the author’s words throughout.

 Writing is Rewriting.  Hemingway was write … I mean, right.

Author: Valerie Serrano

I'm a writing teacher, writer, editor, book and self-publishing coach -- a one-woman operation called Let’s Write! I love children, and pray they are spared the worst of what's going on in this world today. "Truth" is my middle name (though it can get me into trouble). And I always pray to be nothing but truthful in whatever I write, including fiction. I can be a perfectionist when it comes to writing and editing; and I enjoy taking the time to be conscientious about getting things just right, while still staying relaxed enough to remember we humans all make mistakes (the best way I learn). Praise God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Who is the only real Truth), and may He bless you and your family. Thanks for visiting my site! Valerie Serrano

2 thoughts on “2 Quotes, Stephen King”

  1. I just love the Stephen King quotes. I have read that book several times. Hemingway was a great writer and a great drinker. Writing is Rewriting. Think he had trouble reading his own writing after a few drinks?


    1. I think that’s a good guess on Hemingway and his own writing (and drinking). On King, yes, On Writing is a lot less scary than all his other stuff and a great reference for writers. The book is unique in that King blended memoir with craft, even using both those terms in the subtitle. I just wish he’d added an index! Thanks for visiting.

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