Coco Chanel’s advice for writers
Coco Chanel was asked once, “What’s the single piece of fashion advice you would give to ladies (and gentlemen)?”
The grand dame of Parisian couture replied:
On your way out the door, stop and look in the mirror. Then take one thing off.
We as writers could do a lot worse than to heed Coco’s advice.
What paragraph, what chapter, what section would our book be stronger without?
A Hollywood producer I respect once told me,
“There never was a script that didn’t get better with ten percent cut.”
“And when you’ve cut ten percent, cut ten percent of THAT.”