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

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

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

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing
Bernard Malamud

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

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

Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork - reading, writing, thinking - can.
Christian Nestell Bovee

The hardest part is developing the idea, and that can take years. [on writing a novel]
Eric Carle

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

Inflated descriptions by the pen or exaggerated illustrations by the pencil. [On writing]
Grace Darling

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

Writing, when properly managed, (as you may be sure I think mine is) is but a different name for conversation.
Laurence Sterne

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

The best thing is that I'm no longer confined to writing heavy rock songs like Mich and Keith, who seem to have run out of ideas.
Bill Wyman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
Gustav Flaubert

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

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

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

What a lot we lost when we stopped writing letters. You can't reread a phone call.
Liz Carpenter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am a drinker with writing problems.
Brendan Behan

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

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

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

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

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

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



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