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Orwell is almost our litmus test. Some of his satirical writing looks like reality these days.
John Pilger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the most fun you can have by yourself.
Terry Pratchett

No machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding. [not at the time of writing anyhow Louis, who knows what the future will bring!]
Louis Gerstner

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

Life cannot defeat a writer who is in love with writing; for life itself is a writer's love until death.
Edna Ferber

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 write about five thousand words a day, when working on a book, about three thousand a day if I'm writing a short story. I take long periods off between projects, when I read a lot, garden, and think about the next book or stories.
Eric Brown

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

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

Writing songs is great because it gets you off your ass and you have to do it.
Hugh Dillon

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

I really enjoy writing novels. It's like the ocean. You can just build a boat and take off.
Denis Johnson

I have been writing in spurts, bit by bit. It is incredibly difficult. Everything is corroded, broken, dismantled; everything is covered with hardened layers of accumulated insensitivity, deafness, entrenched routine. It is disgusting.
Boris Pasternak

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
Cyril Connolly

Writing something in the spirit of Halloween is like Mother Teresa writing on charity and sacrifice!
Danny Elfman

There is something wonderful about singing and writing music, I think there is something special about creativity and the ability humans have in that area.
Kim Gordon

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
Anais Nin

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

When I first started writing, I was in advertising at the time, I was doing most of my writing on weekends. I had studied most of the other series heroes and I figured it would be fun for mine to be different and put him in and around water.
Clive Cussler

Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.
Thomas A Kempis

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

If you're writing a catchphrase before you write a character, then that's not a good thing.
Catherine Tate

Right now, I'm writing song lyrics. Experimenting with a play. Toying with an idea for a documentary. I hope one of these will eventually be launched into the light of day.
Anita Diament

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

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

Writing is a difficult trade which must be learned slowly by reading great authors; by trying at the outset to imitate them; by daring then to be original; by destroying one's first productions.
Andre Maurois

Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness
Georges Simenon

I write when the urge hits me, getting the words down as fast as I can type and then I step back from what I just wrote and start a dialectical process where I begin challenging my own writing.
Donald McKay

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
Alice Walker

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

A piece of writing is like a piece of magic. You create something out of nothing.
Susanna Clarke

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

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

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

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

As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. Translation is very much like copying paintings.
Boris Pasternak

Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.
Katherine Mansfield

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

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

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

Liam is a songwriting genius. His songs make me cry 'cause they are better than mine.
Noel Gallagher



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