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

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

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

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing
Bernard Malamud

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

People once said they were "in" psychoanalysis, meaning they were committed to a long immersion. In a sense, they were writing their autobiographies.
R Z Sheppard

When I am writing, I focus one hundred percent on my writing. Then, by the time I'm half way through the book, I'm already thinking about the ending.
Anita Desai

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

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

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

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

A great many people now reading and writing would be better employed keeping rabbits.
Dame Edith Sitwell

In the writing of books, as all the world knows, two things are above all other things essential - the one is to know exactly when and where to leave off, and the other to be equally certain when and where to begin.
Jeffrey Farnol

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

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

In the writing process, the more a story cooks, the better.
Doris Lessing

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

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

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

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

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 is hard work and bad for the health.
E B White

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

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

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

All the rest is mere fine writing. (Art poetique)
Paul Verlaine

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

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
Gene Fowler

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

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

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

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

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

I'm supposed to be taking time off. But I'm still writing and I have this Gap advert lined up.
Joss Stone

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

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

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory
for its humour, the writing is on the wall.
Alan Bennett

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

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

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

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

I wish that dear Karl could have spent more time acquiring capital instead of merely writing about it.
Jenny Marx

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

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

My writing is nothing, my boxing is everything.
Ernest Hemingway

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 the writing of memoirs, as in the production of shows, too much caution causes the audience to nod and think of other channels.
Gerald Clarke

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



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