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Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Norman Mailer

Writing is one of the few professions in which you can psychoanalyse yourself, get rid of hostilities and frustrations in public, and get paid for it.
Octavia Butler

I would sweat and think and get it all together. [On lyric writing]
Jim Capaldi

There's nothing like music. It's seductive, it's all-consuming, it's emotional, it's infinitely creative... I was a singer-songwriter, not particularly talented musically [that's never stopped anyone before] but drawn to the craft of songwriting.
Jeffrey Deaver

I don't plan to write another science book, but I don't plan not to. I do enjoy writing histories, and taking subjects that are generally dull and trying to make them interesting.
Bill Bryson

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.
Joan Baez

There is no great writing, only great rewriting.
Justice Brandeis

Would you not like to try all sorts of lives - one is so very small - but that is the satisfaction of writing - one can impersonate so many people.
Katherine Mansfield

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself
Truman Capote

Almost all writing is an act of discovery for me.
Joseph Epstein

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person, only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
Rebecca West

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the inner music that words make.
Truman Capote

Song writing is my life and what I am about, and it's all I have ever really wanted to do.
Eddie Floyd

Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.
Truman Capote

Most of us can read the writing on the wall; we just assume it's addressed to someone else.
Ivern Ball

When I stop working the rest of the day is posthumous. I'm only really alive when I'm writing.
Tennessee Williams

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows. The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one ninth of it being above water.
Ernest Hemingway

Obviously there will be a sense of achievement... I suppose there will be some benefits to not writing Harry Potter books any more. So it is about fifty-fifty really
J K Rowling

People seem to be writing off England and that's a dangerous thing to do.

They have a lot of very good players and just because they haven't been going well over the last year and a bit, it doesn't mean they can't win anymore!
Andrew Mehrtens

I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any - after all, most people are unhappy, don't you think?
Philip Larkin

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people
Thomas Mann

I really want to get into writing film music. I'm really passionate about that.
Vanessa Brown

Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
Terry Pratchett

In my writing I am acting as a map-maker, an explorer of psychic areas... a cosmonaut of inner space, and I see no point in exploring areas that have already been thoroughly surveyed.
William Borroughs

The writings of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander
Walter Landor

We never let go. Ever. Even with punctuation. It's frightening. I can't see anyone from any record company ever writing an email to Neil and not getting it back, with corrections.
Chris Lowe

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary
Jessamyn West

Songwriting is one of those strange arts whereby you can have no inspiration for a long time then have a productive period where almost every day a new song is coming to you.
Nanci Griffith

Writing is a lonely job, unless you're a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.
Emilio Estevez

Man is a strange animal. He generally cannot read the handwriting on the wall until his back is up against it.
Adlai E Stevenson

Every piece of writing... starts from what I call a grit... a sight or sound, a sentence or happening that does not pass away... but quite inexplicably lodges in the mind.
Rumer Godden

The sheer complexity of writing a play always had dazzled me. In an effort to understand it, I became a critic.
Kenneth Tynan

Providing a voice for those who may be in a similar situation, who might need that voice is so important. They might not be able to find that in themselves, to get themselves out of that situation and make something positive out of it. Whenever I'm writing a song that's what I'm doing - making a negative a positive and healing myself in the process. [Elle UK March 2004]
Christina Aguilera

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shake[speare] was a dramatist of note; He lived by writing things to quote.
H C Bunner

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.
John Milton

I always start writing with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind.
Patrick Dennis

England has the most sordid literary scene I've ever seen. They all meet in the same pub. This guy's writing a foreword for this person. They all have to give radio programs, they have to do all this just in order to scrape by. They're all scratching each other's backs.
William S Burroughs

Writing is like getting married. One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
Iris Murdoch

The key to writing real characters is not to treat everybody like a real person and give everybody a good side and a bad.
Jon Favreau

I began writing after my child was seriously hurt in a day care center accident, and I wanted to come home to be with her during her recovery.
Leslie Banks

On what? [when asked if he had ever thought of writing an autobiography!]
Chris Eubank

I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa.
John Dalton

A life that is worth writing at all is worth writing minutely
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I don't think there's much point in bemoaning the state of the world unless there's some way you can think of to improve it. Otherwise, don't bother writing a book - go and find a tropical island and lie in the sun.
Peter Singer

The digital revolution is far more significant than the invention of writing or even of printing.
Douglas Engelbart

'Rock is all about writing your own script; it's all about pioneering.'
Courtney Love

I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
Doris Lessing

I love opera, I love writing for the voice, I love telling stories with music.
Anthony Davis

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W Somerset Maugham



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