Tag Archives: Revising

Fling the Manuscript Out the Window

An interesting story is told about Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird (1960), by biographer, Charles J. Shields in his book, Mockingbird (2006) (Summary mine) Sometime before publication, Ms. Lee was struggling with revisions. She opened the window of her apartment and flung the manuscript into the darkness. Years of work scattered in the snow. Thankfully, her editor

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“Murder Your Darlings”

“Murder Your Darlings,”(On Style, chapter 12) is a quote from Arthur Quiller-Couch’s series of  published lectures (On the Art of Writing, 1916) He encouraged writer’s to, “…perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it–wholeheartedly–and delete it before sending your manuscript to press…” He failed to mention, however, that tapping the delete button would require Hershey Kiss therapy for at least a month. Source: http://grammar.about.com/od/rhetoricstyle/a/murderquiller.htm

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