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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fiction writing is great. You can make up almost anything.
Ivana Trump

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

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

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

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

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
Robert Benchley

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

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

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

I wish thee as much pleasure in the reading, as I had in the writing. (Emblems)
Francis Quarles

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

The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.
Norman Mailer

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

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

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

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

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

I don't give a toss about writing really. It's a bit ironic that the things I'm really into are music and football, and I have never really been good at either.
Irvine Welsh

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

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

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

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

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

I like the solitude of writing.
Paul Gascoigne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing is something that can be notoriously difficult to do, so when you get the idea you want to make the most of it.
Gordon Getty

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

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

Television has raised writing to a new low.
Samuel Goldwyn

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



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