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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden.
Frances Hodgson Burnett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 key to writing real characters is not to treat everybody like a real person and give everybody a good side and a bad.
Jon Favreau

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

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

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

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

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

Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing.
Norman Mailer

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

When you are writing poetry I often observe this serene sort of calmness that possesses you and takes you quite away from the immediate realities of life.
Annie Fields

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

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

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

Playwriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it. At least not until the producers or the public tell you to.
T S Eliot

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

A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people
Thomas Mann

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

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

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

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

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



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