Saturday, November 19, 2011

Writers as Sculpture Artists

Illustration of Rodin's The Thinker
courtesy of Microsoft Office clipart

"Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees.
Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove,
you eliminate in order to make the work visible.
Even those pages you remove somehow remain."
                                                                          --Elie Wiesel

Thought to ponder: keep chipping a way at those words!

Have a great rest of the weekend...

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  1. A nice quote from Wiesel. What an accurate description of writing. I'll keep that in mind during my current rewrite. I do need to whittle it down to its essence.

    BTW:Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

  2. That's fantastic--I often feel like I'm lumping on extra information/descriptions, only so I have a bigger surface to shave things away from and leave the essence behind!

  3. I love this quote! Glad you shared it with us. It's really something to think on, isn't it? Happy rest of the weekend! :)

  4. This is an excellent quote -- cutting and pasting. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving. :)

  5. Interesting quote. It does seem that the closer one is to defining the work's theme(s), the easier it is to understand which words need to go, and which ones need to replace them with more theme-appropriate imagery, metaphor or what have you.