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Falling in Love with Revision

“I had to fall in love with revision.” Since Lena Roy‘s visit to Words Bookstore this weekend, I have been continually quoting her honest wisdom.

Stuart Lutz shared another quote that supports the same idea: “There is no great writing, only great rewriting,” attributed to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. To make our work great, we must embrace this critical truth.

Then why do we do it only kicking and screaming?

About Judith

Judith Lindbergh's latest novel, Pasture of Heaven, is about a nomad woman warrior on the Central Asian steppes in the 5th century BCE. (And there really were!) Her first novel, The Thrall's Tale, is a literary historical novel about three women in the first Viking Age settlement in 10th century Greenland. The Thrall's Tale was a Booksense Pick and a Borders Original Voices selection. Judith is also the founder and director of The Writers Circle, a creative writing program offering workshops for children and adults.

2 comments on “Falling in Love with Revision

  1. Miss Rosemary
    January 26, 2011

    Because we don’t want to admit something we love so much isn’t perfect on the first go. It’s pride.

    • Judith
      January 26, 2011

      How true! Which brings to mind another oft’ repeated piece of wisdom, “Pride goeth before a fall.”

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