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Musically I wanted to explore my songwriting, branching out into my music. Iíve been playing blues since I started, and I wanted to go in more of a soul, R&B direction.
Jonny Lang

Sometimes I think my writing sounds like I walked out of the room and left the typewriter running.
Gene Fowler

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

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

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

Programming definitely requires a particular mindset, and normally the problem is working out what the program has to do, rather than actually writing the program once you've worked that bit out.
Paul Graham

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

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

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

I spent several years acquiring the obsessive, day-to-day discipline that's needed if you want to write professionally, then several more, highly valuable years studying fiction writing at the University of Iowa.
John Dalton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I really want to get into writing film music. I'm really passionate about that.
Vanessa Brown

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

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

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

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing
Bernard Malamud

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

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

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

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

Writing can do without television - that infidious media seeps into all other areas of our lives as it is.
Hugo Gernsback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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