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|Ran across this brief review of a writing book, by John Casey, winner of National Book Award for his novel, "Spartina."
There are some marvelous tidbits contained in the review. Two are below.
“I can’t teach someone to write,” he stipulates upfront, with a gruffness audible on the page, “but I can sometimes teach someone to rewrite.”
“On sparing words, Casey recalls that his agent and his editor both judged a 604-page novel he’d sent them as much too long, so for several months he reworked it, cutting 100 pages but adding a few in the process. When he sent it back, now 640 pages, the agent and editor wrote him, separately, “Good. It’s much shorter.”