Advice from the Masters: Mary Norris

Mar 29, 2017 | Better Writing

Mary Norris is the author of Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, so you might reasonably expect the advice you read below to be about grammar and punctuation and all that. Nope.

If that’s what you want, read her book, which is chock-full of good advice about punctuation and all. For this post I chose a choice tidbit from an interview Ms Norris did with The Writer in 2015.

“The writer has a built-in editor, and you have to ignore that editor while you’re first generating the writing.”

Your first challenge as a writer is to get stuff out of your head and onto a page or into a file. Then you can begin the real work of writing: rewriting

Want more? Check out the complete list of Advice from the Masters posts

If you want even more writing advice from writers, check out Jon Winokur’s blog, “AdvicetoWriters.”

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