February 12, 2019

I’ve never been good at revision.  In fact, it’s always been a mystery to me, and I never saw how a writer took something apart and then put it back together, still cohesive, maybe even more so.  One writing teacher told me that in revision is power, maybe the only power a writer could ever have, because here is where she gets to be deliberate.  But for me, I had no access to that power, because I...

September 9, 2014


Last year, The Atlantic Monthly ran Emily Temple’s excellent compilation of quotes by famous writers on the art of revision. There are many gems in her list, among them this famous quip from a 1985 issue of Newsweek by none other than Elmore Leonard: “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”


At Iron Horse, we hope you’re deep into revisions for our current submissions call (The Bedroom Issue: Ga...

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