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

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.
Russell Baker

Writing and rewriting are a constant search for what it is one is saying.
John Updike

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

I'm pretty social so it's hard for me to find solitude, but I need to have solitude to write. [On the difficulties of writing - not writers block but loneliness]
Catie Curtis

There is something very therapeutic about a piece of writing, many will tell you it is a quite cathartic experience.
James Houston

Essentially and most simply put, plot is what the characters do to deal with the situation they are in. It is a logical sequence of events that grow from an initial incident that alters the status quo of the characters. [on the science, or art, of writing a book]
Elizabeth George

It is not my fault that certain so-called bohemian elements have found in my writings something to hang their peculiar beatnik theories on.
Jack Kerouac

I like the solitude of writing.
Paul Gascoigne

I am a drinker with writing problems.
Brendan Behan

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

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

The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.
Elias Canetti

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose.
Samuel Crothers

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

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

Even now a team of linguists is at work translating Don Revie's writings on the game [of football] from the original gibberish into Arabic.
Michael Parkinson

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 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

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.
Francis Bacon

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
Isaac Singer

Writing a book need not be an intimidating feeling, but rather it can be liberating, fulfilling and above all immensely personally satisfying.
Gerald Griffin

One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Writing a novel is always something that can be a traumatic experience. But it can be infinitely rewarding too.
Ellen Goodman

When you start writing the magic comes when the characters seem to take on a life of their own and write the words for themselves.
Alice Hoffman

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

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
Richard Harding Davis

My two best pieces would have to be Ghosts of Mississippi and my new film Bookworm. Bookworm was special for me to do because I really idolize the writings of Mamet. Also, I got to work with Tony Hopkins, and I really love Tony.
Alec Baldwin

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

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

Generally the people out on the pitch are the ones who know how to play the game, not the people who are writing about it.
Marcus Trescothick

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

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

Writing a book is not as tough as it is to haul thirty-five people around the country and sweat like a horse five nights a week.
Bette Midler

Writing can do without television - that infidious media seeps into all other areas of our lives as it is.
Hugo Gernsback

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

Ever since I can remember, I've always wanted to tell stories, but I never had the patience to sit down at a typewriter and write short stories or anything like that. I started writing songs as a way of communicating ideas the best way I could.
Rob Thomas

I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it.
Hilaire Belloc

Despite the fact that I had a writing background, they didn't want to accept whatever ideas I had as a writer.
John Amos

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Don Marquis

All I want is a modest place in Mr X's Good Reading, Miss Y's Good Writing, and that new edition of One Thousand Best Bits of Recent Prose.
James Agate

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
Benjamin Franklin

'If you're writing songs, there are two things that you just don't write about: politics and religion. We write about both.'
Bono

It has also contained come of the very best, most accessible writing for children, by writers who seldom get the acknowledgement they deserve [on Fantasy genre]
Terry Pratchett

I always did my best in writing to Santa Claus, but I never thought of writing as something you did for a profession.
Dee Brown

True, we love life, not because we are used to living, but because we are used to loving. There is always some madness in love, but there is also always some reason in madness. [Thus Spoke Zarathustra from the Chapter 'Of Reading and Writing']
Friedrich Nietzsche

As you get older, it's nice to be able to relax a bit about your appearance. Writing does that for me. It comes from inside me, from my brain and from my heart, and hopefully it has much more value than anything that's on the exterior.
Emma Samms

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

The main thing is to keep yourself awake [on writing]
Margaret Atwood

Writing songs is super intimate. It's a bit like getting naked.
Gwen Stefani



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