Advice from the Masters: James Michener

Sep 26, 2012 | Better Writing

James Michener was one of my favorite novelists. I loved his sprawling 1000+ page historical novels. I wasn’t alone. His books have sold some 75 million copies worldwide. You might think that someone with that kind of career would think of himself as a good writer. But here’s what Michener had to say about himself.

“I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent rewriter.”

Think about that the next time you’re tempted to say something you’ve written is “good enough.”

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