“Writing is selection.” — John McPhee

On Writing, Quotes

Writing is selection. Just to start a piece of writing you have to choose one word and only one from more than a million in the language. Now keep going. What is your next word? Your next sentence, paragraph, section, chapter? Your next ball of fact. You select what goes in and you decide what stays out.

Taken from Writing by Omission, a piece by John McPhee in The New Yorker

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