The Saturday Writing Quote — Francine Prose

“You have to fight against meaningless gestures. Like an cliche, they flood into your brain and you have to get them out of there. “She sipped her wine glass. “He smoked his cigarette.” They’re markers. Every beginning writer winds up larding a ms. with those things, and they have to get rid of them, because they don’t tell you anything. They slow you down for no reason.”

— Francine Prose, in The Writer, April 2012

Guilty, guilty. Going back to revise …

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