It reads like a Yogi Berra-ism (though he’s one of the few sages not to have been given credit for it) until the meaning reveals itself: Penning a mess of words is one task. The more difficult task is judiciously editing and distilling them.
“You have no time at all with a kid to get them to trust you,” says the children’s author Kate DiCamillo. “You have a page. That’s all. You can’t indulge in a lot of things that adults will put up with, because kids will just put the book aside.”