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Irving: Famous writers from A to Z on writing

Intelligent and indefatigable editing are intrinsic to skilled writing. Ask any successful author, and you will likely hear a similar message. Consider this example.

American novelist and screenwriter John Irving (1942 -  ) said this about editing.

“Half my life is an act of revision.”

Although Irving’s statement is most likely interpreted as pertaining to industrious rereading, rewriting, fact-checking, and proofreading of his manuscripts, it may be expanded to refer to life in general. How many might yearn for the opportunity to rephrase, redo, or otherwise revise some current or past interaction or experience?

Here’s another intriguing Irving quote for writers (and others):

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

Irving’s way of life, pursuing the writing profession, seems to stand with this statement. His best known works include such familiar titles as A Prayer for Owen Meany, A Widow for One Year, Setting Free the Bears, The Hotel New Hampshire, and The World According to Garp. Irving won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Cider House Rules.

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