BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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…Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared…Lydia Millet QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

snow-2698793_640Yes, you need to put words on the page, but to qualify for the page those words must always interest you. For if not you, then whom? Writing should not be a laborious construction of wall-climbing obstacle courses for those readers who one day walk the path of your prose, but a delicate and sparkling web designed to spring skyward as though weighted down only by the touch of yiddle fairies’ feet. If you find yourself on autopilot, halt. Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared. You, at least, should never have to wait to get to the good part.
Lydia Millet

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14 comments on “…Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared…Lydia Millet QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

  1. Jennie
    January 7, 2018

    Brilliant. And wonderful.

  2. Daniel Kemp
    January 7, 2018

    I loved that last part —- You, at least, should never have to wait to get to the good part.—- I have never thought of that before.

    • bridget whelan
      January 10, 2018

      I don’t think I ever have either, but she’s nailed it.

  3. First Night Design
    January 7, 2018

    What an excellent quote from Millet.

  4. paulandruss
    January 7, 2018

    Bridget excellent advice, engagingly expressed. A great example of what you are saying, you captured the reader from line 1 and got the point effortlessly home.. so you taught us something without us feeling we were being taught.

    • bridget whelan
      January 10, 2018

      But not me at all, but a novelist I’ve never heard before Lydia Millet who I amj certainly going to read. Eleven novels to date…

  5. Rae Longest
    January 7, 2018

    Wise words!!

  6. patriciaruthsusan
    January 8, 2018

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    A quote by Lydia Millet.

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