The first draft is the hardest, because every word of the outline has to be fleshed out. The rewrite is very satisfying, because I feel that everything I do is making the book a little better.
Ken Follett, interview with Bookreporter.com, December 6, 2002
Link: John Updike’s Revisions “To Rabbit At Rest”
The NYTimes posted scans of the annotated pages. Fascinating.
I don’t put much value in so-called inspiration. The value is in how many times you can redo something.
John Irving, National Book Award Interview, June 3, 2005
My pencils outlast their erasers.
Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory, Random House, 1966