Panning for Gold

Brian Jay Stanley on writing:

The secret of writing is not so much vision or inspiration but the mundane ability to stop tinkering when we realize we’ve written something worth keeping. By an unmysterious formula, one accumulates good sentences by discarding bad ones. Creativity is the source of writing, but selectivity is the source of good writing. A writer is a prospector panning for gold in the stream of his own thoughts. He picks out the gems and nuggets and presents only them to the world, so that the world thinks his mind produces gold, though it mainly produces mud.


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