“Writing is not like painting where you add. It is not what you put on the canvas that the reader sees. Writing is more like a sculpture where you remove, you eliminate in order to make the work visible. Even those pages you remove somehow remain” – Elie Wiesel
I have have read Wiesel’s book Night, which is thin, and yet packs a far more powerful punch than many fat works. For non-fiction, his quote is clearly true: what you leave out is as significant as what’s left in. For fiction, however, when everything has to be put in from the author’s imagination, a whole world must be created. There is no rock to take away from. There is only dirt, which must be formed into being, like men formed from clay.