A blupete Essay

Edit and Cut, Part 7 to blupete's Essay
"On Writing"

"Rising with Auora's light,
The Muse invoked, sit down to write;
Blot out, correct, insert, refine,
Enlarge, diminish, interline;
Be mindful, when invention fails,
To scratch your head, and bite your nails."
Swift: On Poetry.
Artistic economy and unswerving directness: That is what one should strive for; too much of what we find is prolix, aimless and formless. Meredith set forth at least two duties of the writer: he is to develop a "habit of weeding out the unessential and commonplace; ... he will express nothing but the heart of the matter in hand." "In composing, as a general rule, run your pen through every other word you have written; you have no idea what vigour it will give your style."8 "I require to see a proof, a revise, a revise, and a double re-vise, or fourth-proof rectified impression of all my productions ..."9 And always bear in mind the legal maxim that, "Whatever is added to describe anything already sufficiently described, is without effect."

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