“Write drunk; edit sober.” — Ernest Hemingway
Well, we can support the latter half of this sentiment, or the whole thing if he meant it metaphorically. Somehow we don’t think he did, though.
“Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.” — George Orwell
Never use anything you’ve seen before? That seems like a tall order.
“Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.” and “Same for places and things.” — Elmore Leonard
Of course, it depends on what kind of writing you’re doing, but no descriptions of anything ever? That seems like a sad future of stories in white rooms to us.
“You must refrain from rewriting, except to editorial order.” — Robert A. Heinlein
Well, he’s certainly in the minority on that one.
“Don’t be a draught-horse! Work with pleasure only.” — Henry Miller
We think Miller just didn’t want anyone else to get anything done.