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The Arab World is writing a new future; the pen is in our own hands.~Abdullah II of Jordan

Future World Writing

I've never written anything that I haven't wanted to write again. I want to, and still am, writing 'A Few Good Men' again. I didn't know what I was doing then, and I'm still trying to get it right. I would write 'The Social Network' again if they would let me, I'd write 'Moneyball' again. I would write 'The West Wing' again.~Aaron Sorkin

Good Men Writing

I gave up writing children's books. I wanted to escape from them as I had once wanted to escape from 'Punch': as I have always wanted to escape. In vain.~A. A. Milne

Children Writing Escape

I actually run a non-profit where one of the main objectives is to branch out and get a new audience for the theater. Just because the writing is so good and nothing is more effective than seeing something live and happening right in front of your face, so I definitely want to continue to pursue that.~Adam Driver

Good Writing Live

Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn't mean to but I just did.~Adele

Writing You Heartbreak

The way I write my songs is that I have to believe what I'm writing about, and that's why they always end up being so personal - because the kind of artists I like, they convince me, they totally win me over straight away in that thing. Like, 'Oh my God, this song is totally about me.'~Adele

God End Writing

I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.~Agatha Christie

Book Writing People

So that's why one of my rules of parody writing is that it's gotta be funny regardless of whether you know the source material. It has to work on its own merit.~Al Yankovic

Funny Work Writing

The one thing with writing stories about the rise of fascism is that if you wait long enough, you'll almost certainly be proved right. Fascism is like a hydra - you can cut off its head in the Germany of the '30s and '40s, but it'll still turn up on your back doorstep in a slightly altered guise.~Alan Moore

Writing Long You

Writing is a very focused form of meditation. Just as good as sitting in a lotus position.~Alan Moore

Good Writing Meditation

I'm dependent on writing for a living, so really it's to my advantage to understand how the creative process works. One of the problems is, when you start to do that, in effect you're going to have to step off the edge of science and rationality.~Alan Moore

Science Creative Writing

Sometimes, writing songs is like waiting in for deliveries. They give you a window, and your washing machine is going to show up, whether the window is the album or something you're thinking, like, 'This thing is going to come to me.'~Alex Turner

Waiting Thinking Writing

There's something to be said for writing in the morning. At other points in the day, you're a bit more defensive.~Alex Turner

Morning Day Writing

You don't meet that many people that you can talk about Roots Manuva with, but that was my favorite in school, this record of his called 'Run Come Save Me.' When I first started writing lyrics, it came from that.~Alex Turner

School Roots Writing

I feel confident writing on my feet with improv, but it's different when you're sitting down and writing it out.~Amy Sedaris

Writing You Feet

Having listened to great songwriters like James Taylor and Carole King, I felt there was nothing new that was coming out that really represented me and the way I felt. So I started writing my own stuff.~Amy Winehouse

Great Writing Me

The church wasn't an organization in the first century. They weren't writing checks or buying property. The church has matured and developed over the years. But for some reason, the last thing to change is the structure of leadership.~Andy Stanley

Leadership Change Writing

If I haven't any talent for writing books or newspaper articles, well, then I can always write for myself.~Anne Frank

Myself Writing Talent

Writing in a diary is a really strange experience for someone like me. Not only because I've never written anything before, but also because it seems to me that later on neither I nor anyone else will be interested in the musings of a thirteen-year-old schoolgirl.~Anne Frank

Experience Writing Me

I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thinking Writing Living

I also started writing songs because I had this burning activity in my heart and had to express myself.~Annie Lennox

Myself Heart Writing

I'm a natural clown, I suppose, in writing, and one has to accept that; I can't do anything about it. I have written one or two novels which are not specifically funny. I wrote a study of Shakespeare which was not intended to be funny, but some people regard it as such.~Anthony Burgess

Funny Writing People

I get caught up in my bubble of reading, writing, or music.~Antonio Banderas

Music Writing Reading

In a way, writing is an incredible act of individualism, producing your language, and yet to use it from the heart of a crowd as opposed to as an individual performance is a conflicting thing. I do stand alone, and yet it's not about being an individual or being ambitious.~Arundhati Roy

Alone Heart Writing

Writing an encyclopedia is hard. To do anywhere near a decent job, you have to know a great deal of information about an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Writing so much text is difficult, but doing all the background research seems impossible.~Aaron Swartz

Great Job Writing

My writing flows out of my doctorhood. They are not separate things. They are one. I think the foremost connection between being a doctor and being a writer is the great privilege of having an intimate view of one's fellow humans, the privilege of being there and helping other people at their most vulnerable moments.~Abraham Verghese

Great Writing People

I started out when I was 29 - too young to write novels. I was broke. I was on unemployment insurance. I was supposed to be writing a Ph.D. dissertation, so I had a typewriter and a lot of paper.~Alan Furst

Writing Young Insurance

I never got any training in how to write novels as an English major at Oberlin, but I got some great training for writing novels from anthropology and from Margaret Mead.~Alan Furst

Great Training Writing

I have for a long time loved fabulist, imaginative fiction, such as the writing of Italo Calvino, Jose Saramago, Michael Bulgakov, and Salman Rushdie. I also like the magic realist writers, such as Borges and Marquez, and feel that interesting truths can be learned about our world by exploring highly distorted worlds.~Alan Lightman

Time World Writing

When you write songs, you're writing little bits here, little bits there.~Albert Hammond, Jr.

Writing You Here

Writing on the blog, you want to get attention and make strong claims. In academic work, that often doesn't pay, so sometimes it's a little bit difficult going back and forth to navigate these differences.~Alex Tabarrok

Work Strong Writing

I guess if you want me to stop writing horrible, mean takedowns of everyone, give me a really, really cushy columnist gig.~Alex Pareene

Writing Me Want

For me writing biographies is impossible, unless they are brief and concise, and these are, I feel, the most eloquent.~Alfred Nobel

Writing Impossible Me

I moved to Chicago and I did theater, and then I started writing and I stop acting and I did sketch. You know, I did all of the things that, if you were serious about doing television, don't do.~Allison Tolman

Writing Television Doing

I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me. I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false.~Amanda Bynes

Writing Me Laugh

I'd actually say that every musician is a human being, and that not everybody likes being social. But with music, there are all these ingredients to the business that have nothing to do with writing songs or playing an instrument.~Amanda Palmer

Music Business Writing

I am a disciplined person. When I am writing, I write for 7-8 hours.~Amish Tripathi

I Am Writing Hours

I think all writers are mainly writing for themselves because I believe that most writers are writing based on a need to write. But at the same time, I feel that writers are, of course, writing for their readers, too.~Amy Bloom

Time Writing Believe

I usually don't have to do a lot of research in my work, as I'm writing about something I'm already familiar with.~Amy Bloom

Work Writing Research

Keep your mouth shut and see what's happening around you. Don't finish people's sentences for them. Don't just hear what they say, but also how they behave while they're saying it. That was great training for writing.~Amy Bloom

Great Training Writing

I feel like for me the lyric writing really comes from just what's going on in my heart and that's what consumes me; think a lot of our heart is relationships. Not just with boyfriend or girlfriend but all your relationships in your life with other people and our interactions with other humans.~Amy Lee

Life Heart Writing

Writing is a form of activism.~Angie Thomas

Writing Activism Form

I think, as a writer, sometimes you do worry, 'Am I just writing, or am I putting the burden of African-Americans on my shoulder and carrying it?' But if we just write the stories that we're supposed to write, that's when we have the biggest impact.~Angie Thomas

Writing Impact Worry

It is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. hares have no time to read.~Anita Brookner

Time Writing Market

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.~Anita Brookner

Writing Innocence You

You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed.~Anita Brookner

Writing Learn Start

Really good writing, from my perspective, runs a lot like a visual on the screen. You need to create that kind of detail and have credibility with the reader, so the reader knows that you were really there, that you really experienced it, that you know the details. That comes out of seeing.~Ann Voskamp

Good Perspective Writing

Whatever I'm writing comes organically out of my life.~Ann Voskamp

Life Writing My Life

There may be writing groups where people meet but it's occasional. You really do it all at your own computer or your own typewriter by yourself.~Anne Rice

May Writing People

The writing day can be, in some ways, too short, but it's actually a long series of hours, for months at a time, and there is a stillness there.~Anne Enright

Time Day Writing

You write a book and you finish the book. That's your job done, right? You win the Booker and you have a whole new job. You have to be the thing, right? So instead of writing the story, you somehow are the story. And that I found that sort of terrible.~Anne Enright

Job Book Writing

I work at the sentences. Many of the things people find distinctive about my writing, I think of as natural.~Anne Enright

Work Writing People

I never think about the actual process of writing. I suppose I have a superstition about examining it too closely.~Anne Tyler

Writing Process Think

If I waited till I felt like writing, I'd never write at all.~Anne Tyler

Writing Never Like

Recently I read the stories I wrote in my early 20s, to put in a volume. And here is this brittle young woman, writing about marriage as, not the worst thing, but the most boring thing that could happen to a person. Now I think I was wrong. I like to be proven wrong.~Anne Enright

Marriage Woman Writing

The one ironclad rule is that I have to try. I have to walk into my writing room and pick up my pen every weekday morning.~Anne Tyler

Morning Writing Walk

My writing day has grown shorter as I've aged, although it seems to produce the same number of pages.~Anne Tyler

Day Writing Same

I'm too shy for personal appearances, and I've found out that anytime I talk about my writing, I can't do any writing for many weeks afterward.~Anne Tyler

Writing Talk Shy

As somebody who's been writing about this subject for getting on twenty years now, it's astonishing how the climate has changed in the last five years.~Anthony Holden

Writing Now Last

He did once say the time to worry is when they stop writing about you but again I think that was pretty token of the coverage was very respectful, he rather resented the intrusions on his private life, but that was about it.~Anthony Holden

Life Time Writing

I've included these little jokes and mysteries in my writing for the amusement of readers.~Armistead Maupin

Writing Mysteries Jokes

Now I'm fortunate to have a good band in CA, and play many solo gigs as well. My point is that I stopped playing in bands and played solo for four years, to get back into the groove and pulse of writing and singing and who I am on stage.~Arthur Godfrey

Good I Am Writing

Geisha because when I was living in Japan, I met a fellow whose mother was a geisha, and I thought that was kind of fascinating and ended up reading about the subject just about the same time I was getting interested in writing fiction.~Arthur Golden

Mother Time Writing

During all of my writing career - this includes when I was writing plays and my other screenplays - I don't recall ever writing a negative character, which does not mean that my characters aren't flawed or do not make mistakes. In actual fact, they all are quite flawed.~Asghar Farhadi

Character Mistakes Writing

The process of writing is like creating a game of dominoes: The first domino creates the second incident, and so forth until the end.~Asghar Farhadi

End Writing Game

The average human attention span was 12 seconds in 2000 and 8 seconds in 2013. A drop of 33%. The scary part is that the attention span of a goldfish was 9 seconds, almost 13% more than us humans. That's why it's getting tougher by the day to get people to turn the page. Maybe we writers ought to try writing for goldfish!~Ashwin Sanghi

Day Writing People

After preliminary research, I zero in on an idea, and then I spend at least four months exploring the topic and in plot-building. I jot down every single detail of the plot as bullet points per chapter, and only when the skeleton is complete do I start writing.~Ashwin Sanghi

Writing Research Start

And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.~Augusten Burroughs

Writing Listen Tend

I spent every night until four in the morning on my dissertation, until I came to the point when I could not write another word, not even the next letter. I went to bed. Eight o'clock the next morning I was up writing again.~Abraham Pais

Morning Night Writing

For me, most of the anxiety and difficulty of writing takes place in the act of not writing. It's the procrastination, the thinking about writing that's difficult.~Adam Mansbach

Thinking Writing Me

I think in most cases, when you're writing a song, you're just making up a little story, and you're not really thinking about making a point one way or another about it. You're just coming up with a little scenario and seeing it through, and that's it.~Adam Schlesinger

Thinking Writing You

It's bad writing, however naturalistic it's written, that's where you have to do your best acting.~Adam Brody

Best Do Your Best Writing

I always have to be thinking about who's going to be singing this song, what the context is. I don't sit around just writing in a vacuum, ever.~Adam Schlesinger

Thinking Writing Singing

I find writing a book a slow, intricate process, a kind of obstacle course punctuated with great rewards. But research is always thrilling, and I tend to incorporate newfound material up to the very last minute.~Adrienne Mayor

Great Book Writing

Before I began concentrating on writing, in my free time I was an artist, making and selling etchings illustrating stories based on my readings in classical literature.~Adrienne Mayor

Time Writing Artist

When you're writing historical fiction, you have to think a little farther into the situation: what the average social interactions were, what was acceptable behavior. What did people think was fun, what did they find unhappy, and why?~Alexander Chee

Writing Fun People

At first, teaching was more or less a straightforward way of making a living and having access to institutional resources while writing - aka libraries. And that was not inconsiderable. But it didn't in any way touch the writing. Maybe it would push the writing aside sometimes, but mostly it was fine.~Alexander Chee

Writing Living Push

I definitely in filmmaking more and more find writing and directing a means to harvest material for editing. It's all about editing.~Alexander Payne

Writing Filmmaking Find

I was writing and I have three kids. I was occupying my time with them but it was difficult.~Alison Moyet

Time Writing Three

When you start early, and you're writing for free, there's a lot of producers that will take advantage of you... It is seared in my brain forever.~Allison Schroeder

Writing Brain Free

I've been rewritten on past projects and thought, 'That's not what she was - she was this really powerful woman, and there's nothing wrong with that.' I'm going to keep writing them, and hopefully people will start making them.~Allison Schroeder

Woman Past Writing

My first break was becoming a staff writer on the rebooted '90210.' And then I got stuck writing in the teen genre for a while.~Allison Schroeder

Teen Writing Writer

Politicians generally act as if there is no cost to reconnecting with voters by building new New Deals. But the whole exercise of writing law out of New Deal nostalgia is a form of national narcissism. Call it New Deal narcissism.~Amity Shlaes

Law Writing Building

I think some authors suffer from a need to try to prove that they're clever and educated. I try not to suffer from that. I would rather sacrifice my own narrative in the exercise of writing a biography. So I'm not worried about whether I'm clever.~Amity Shlaes

Sacrifice Writing Exercise

I think we can question whether degrees are antediluvian. Online learning has flexibility. Why not master courses in energy, writing, communications, and engineering and get a credential?~Anant Agarwal

Learning Writing Energy

I can't remember why or how I started writing, but I think it was always a way of making sense of the world.~Andrea Arnold

World Writing Remember

I have terrible handwriting. I now say it's a learning disability... but a nun who was a very troubled woman hit me over the fingers with a ruler because my writing was so bad.~Andrew Greeley

Learning Woman Writing

I write just knowing that I enjoy writing. But if I have to write, it seems like nothing comes. But when I go there for my own pleasure, the Lord might just give me loads of stuff all at once.~Andrae Crouch

Writing Me Enjoy

I would imagine that most of my writing is done spontaneously. I had no intention of writing, and then I'll just walk through the house, and I'll hear this melody, and I'll turn on the tape players and go back to it later on. Some days I'll get 3-5 songs a day.~Andrae Crouch

Day Writing Walk

Charles Blow's memoir 'Fire Shut Up in My Bones' was a breathtaking piece of writing.~Andrew Rosenthal

Fire Writing Up

Novelists are no more moral or certain than anybody else; we are ideologically adrift, and if we are any good then our writing will live in several places at once. That is both our curse and our charm.~Andrew O'Hagan

Good Writing Live

People who work on the user interface side need to have empathy as a key characteristic. But if you are writing device drivers you don't really need to understand humans so well.~Andy Hertzfeld

Work Writing People

We were developing an innovative Personal Information Manager called Chandler but a couple years ago I took off from that to do a project writing down my memoirs essentially, reminiscing about the development of the Macintosh.~Andy Hertzfeld

Writing Information Down

I think I made my first short fiction sale in 2005. I had been writing unsuccessfully before that.~Ann Leckie

Writing Short Think

Writing was something I always as a kid thought would be fabulous and glamorous to be a writer.~Ann Leckie

Writing Thought Kid

Writing has been so much a part of my life that I'm really quite annoyed that I can't do as much as I used to.~Anne McCaffrey

Life Writing My Life

That's what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that it does, or could, exist and you want to go there.~Anne McCaffrey

Writing Want You

I think that I had read so much fiction that the craft itself sort of sank into me. I didn't read any 'how to' books or attend any popular-fiction-writing classes or have a critique group. For many years into my writing, I didn't even know another author. For me, a lot of reading was the best teacher.~Ann Maxwell

Teacher Best Writing

I have always used emotion as a writing tool. That goes back to me being on the stage.~Anne McCaffrey

Writing Me Emotion

I do outlines when I'm writing with someone, but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom.~Anne McCaffrey

Freedom Writing Someone

I also don't have organized religion on Pern. I figured - since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing - that religion was one problem Pern didn't need.~Anne McCaffrey

Time Religion Writing

I was always enjoying the moment. Acting, writing, looking for roles and getting involved with people and trying to create something that would be entertaining to people. With 'E.R.,' we were all very lucky to get this combination of people together in the right story in the right way to take it to the level it has reached.~Anthony Edwards

Together Moment Writing

I'm a right pain in the hole for my agent. I won't take certain parts if I think they're offensive or banal. For instance, I won't do a film if I think it's full of violence for violence's sake, or a television drama if I don't think it's intelligent writing.~Anne-Marie Duff

Pain Violence Writing

The first thing that attracts me to any script is the writing. If I find myself becoming lost in a good yarn, then I feel certain that others will, too.~Anne-Marie Duff

Myself Good Writing

Writing about magic is harder than writing about spies because you're dealing with something that doesn't really exist.~Anthony Horowitz

Writing Magic You

I can't envisage stopping writing.~Antony Beevor

Writing Envisage Stopping

A blend of fact and fiction has been used in various forms since the dawn of creative writing, starting with sagas and epic poems.~Antony Beevor

Creative Writing Dawn

Writing long hand is the last refuge. One needs the time it takes to put pencil to paper and let it run along the ruled line.~Antonio Damasio

Time Writing Long

'Daredevil: Season One' is kind of in-between. On the one hand, sure, it's a graphic novel. But on the other, it's beholden to existing continuity, and we're still telling the story in issue-length chapters. So it's not that different to writing a miniseries, and I've done plenty of those.~Antony Johnston

Writing Story Hand

I'm a 50-year-old guy making music for over 20 years. I've been writing songs since I was 20, so it's really been 30 years, and it's always been personal, but I've always told stories.~Art Alexakis

Music Writing Personal

Occasionally I find a travel book that is both illuminating and entertaining, where vivid writing and research replace self-indulgence and sloppy prose.~Arthur Smith

Travel Book Writing

No one looks at your hands to see how much they shake when you are interviewed to be a surgeon. The physical skills required are no greater than for writing cursive script. If an operation requires so much skill only a few surgeons can do it, you modify the operation to make it simpler.~Atul Gawande

Writing Hands You

If I get hit by a bus tomorrow, my patients will not even be postponed. Another surgeon would step in and take over. The reason to do research and writing is that it at least makes me feel not entirely replaceable. If I didn't write, I don't know if I would do surgery.~Atul Gawande

Writing Step Tomorrow

George Orwell is a pinnacle writer, for his combination of moral insight and literary writing.~Atul Gawande

Writing Moral Insight

Writing is hard - writing is the hardest.~Aubrey Plaza

Writing Hardest Hard

I tend to approach giving interviews with the same sense of circumspection and restraint as I approach my writing. That is to say, virtually none. When asked what I made of blogs like my own, blogs written by parents about their children, I said, 'A blog like this is narcissism in its most obscene flowering.'~Ayelet Waldman

Children Parents Writing

I got into DJing and making beats when I was about 17. I was always fascinated by the four elements of hip-hop: you know, writing, rhyming, breakdancing and graffiti.~Abbie Cornish

Writing You Hip-Hop

I'm always writing lyrics. I have so many lyrics on so many stray pieces of paper. Everywhere.~Abbie Cornish

Writing Paper Always

I like English, and I like writing essays, and that kind of stuff.~Abigail Breslin

Writing Kind Essays

'E.T.' was the movie that made me want to make movies in the first place, and it was the first movie that made me focus on writing instead of what happens in the movie.~Adam Green

Focus Writing Me

We're more interested in someone writing a really great answer that's going to be read by thousands or tens of thousands of people over the next few years as it stays on Quora and as it gets distributed on the Internet.~Adam D'Angelo

Great Writing People

I really didn't think about song writing.~Adam Rich

Writing Song Think

I think a lot of what the iPad app is going to be used for is just reading the best content on Quora. It really helps the whole system run because people who are writing answers can get this very wide distribution to a large audience of readers.~Adam D'Angelo

Best Writing People

I realised that the only time I really enjoyed music was when I was in the studio writing. So even though it was a six album deal, they saw quite early on that I wasn't enjoying it as I should be. I didn't feel there was anything behind it.~Adam Rickitt

Music Time Writing

I have to be entertained by what I'm writing, so a lot of my stuff has a goofiness or scatological quality. If these characters can entertain me, then I feel like I can deal with the darker or more serious stuff.~Adam Rapp

Writing Quality Me

One of the tricks to writing great plays is to get people in a room together and not let them leave. You want the tension to escalate. Keeping them there is the hardest part, so you have to take away any excuse for them to leave.~Adam Rapp

Great Together Writing

When I'm directing, I'm pretty much not writing, but when I'm not directing I am writing a lot. It's strange: people have asked me what my schedule is and what is my process like, and I can't even answer it. I don't keep regular hours.~Adam Rapp

I Am Writing People

Writing is my therapy.~Adam Silvera

Writing Therapy

I had definitely missed the literary development game with Paper Lantern Lit, and writing exclusively wasn't giving me complete fulfillment.~Adam Silvera

Writing Giving Game

I'm always writing from some difficult place and seeing how the character survives... or doesn't.~Adam Silvera

Character Writing Place

I loved to read, still do, and it seemed that the writing was a result of the love of books and reading and libraries.~Adriana Trigiani

Love Writing Reading

I care what my reader thinks. There is no fancy recommendation you can give me that would matter to me as much as Mary Jane from Youngstown writing me a letter. There is not one. Don't need it, don't want it, don't require it, does not fill up my soul. It's about her, not about the rest of it.~Adriana Trigiani

Soul Writing Me

Writing is writing. It's an abiding, wonderful talent, craft, gift that stays with you your whole life. And you can go in different forms, and you can try them. Look at me: I'm writing novels because I found something I love because I tried it.~Adriana Trigiani

Life Love Writing

Alan Moore's writing is almost novelistic. It's very intricate and wordy and smart.~Adrianne Palicki

Smart Writing Almost

Seven years into writing a novel, I started to lose my mind. My thirty-seventh birthday had just come and gone, the end of 2008 was approaching, and I was constantly aware of how little I had managed to accomplish.~Akhil Sharma

Birthday End Writing

Generally, I think most of my writing tends to have some kind of magical element to it. That's the way I can access the emotional life of the character.~Aimee Bender

Life Character Writing

I get a little myopic in the act of doing any writing. I think I'm not as interested or not as able to write about balance, because I think there's something I want to try to get at. I'm trying to get at something about the experience of growing up or about families.~Aimee Bender

Experience Balance Writing

For me as a person, friendships are incredibly important to me, but in writing, they can distract me.~Aimee Bender

Writing Me Important

Writing can be a frightening, distressing business, and whatever kind of structure or buffer is available can help a lot.~Aimee Bender

Business Writing Help

At readings, audience members sometimes ask if I keep writing past the two hours if I'm on a roll, but I don't. I figure that if I'm on a roll, it's partially because I know I'm about to stop.~Aimee Bender

Past Writing Know

For me, even in my first book, the pleasures of writing anything magical is that it has to be physical. It has to be grounded and very much in this world. Then, I get to play with all the consequences of this new thing.~Aimee Bender

Book World Writing

I don't think I've ever frightened myself before when writing, but there were areas where there was terror, as though I was looking into somewhere that I didn't know existed before, and it frightened me.~Alan Garner

Myself Writing Me

My feeling is that writing is, for me, a pathological condition. That could sound like a mystical experience, and it may be a mystical experience, but I have learnt just to go with it.~Alan Garner

Experience May Writing

When you're writing stuff that's already clotted with neologisms and trying to get across fairly abstruse concepts, you're already putting a heavy burden on the reader.~Alastair Reynolds

Writing Trying You

Popular music usually has a chorus that needs to repeat, and people need to remember the song. That's sort of the major guideline when you're writing a song.~Alex Ebert

Music Writing People

With a series, keeping the quality high and writing incredibly fast, that's the first lesson you learn. You can't be real precious. When you're doing a feature film, you have 2 1/2 months; you sort of take your time. It's a different animal.~Alex Kurtzman

Time Writing Quality

I started writing 'The Lobster Kings' the day after I sold my first novel, 'Touch.'~Alexi Zentner

Day Writing Kings

When I'm writing a novel, one of the things I do is get big poster boards. They're actually canvases that artists use. And I keep all the characters' names on them. If you write a big novel, there's a lot of characters.~Alexi Zentner

Writing You Artists

If I think of a reader while I am writing, the only reader who really matters for me is my wife. It's most important to me that she likes what I write.~Alexi Zentner

Wife I Am Writing

The worst day of writing is still better than the best day of telemarketing.~Alexi Zentner

Best Day Writing

I liked the idea of being a writer more than I liked the idea of writing.~Alexi Zentner

Writing Writer Idea

After a while, the characters I'm writing begin to feel real to me. That's when I know I'm heading in the right direction.~Alice Hoffman

Writing Me Direction

Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it - the information just disappears out of my head.~Alice Hoffman

Time Book Writing

I don't really read as much as I used to. A lot of what I was looking for as an escape I find in writing. And the other thing is that I don't want to get into someone else's language when I'm working.~Alice Hoffman

Writing Language Escape

I never see a novel as a film while I'm writing it. Mostly because novels and films are so different, and I'm such an internal novelist.~Alice Hoffman

Writing See Different

Sometimes I wish the writing and drawing were more integrated.~Alison Bechdel

Writing Wish Drawing

For some reason writing and drawing are very separate processes for me.~Alison Bechdel

Writing Me Drawing

Writing this book feels like a completely different activity from writing my comic strip because it's about real life. I feel like I'm using a part of my brain that's been dormant until now.~Alison Bechdel

Life Book Writing

I grew up on film sets but more around the process of making films. I saw a lot of the editing process and the writing process, which takes years. That really affected me growing up, that side of it.~Alice Englert

Growing Up Writing Me

I really like writing music. That's kind of like my little hobby. I like that because sometimes you don't really have any control when you're an actor, over what you're doing next, and everything is kind of decided by other people. You're always waiting to hear from people.~Amelia Warner

Music Waiting Writing

I love writing letters. In order to write a novel in first person, I think I needed an addressee.~Amity Gaige

Love Writing Think

Reading while I'm writing ideally inspires my competitive side. When I read great writers, I want to be a better writer.~Amity Gaige

Great Writing Reading

My personal writing philosophy is to try and write better every day.~Amity Gaige

Day Philosophy Writing

I certainly want people to like my writing, but I know that if I write with the intention of trying to please people, the writing will not be good because it will not be authentic. So, ironically, I have to be willing to write something strange or unlovable in order to write anything truly good.~Amity Gaige

Good Writing People

The cool thing about being a songwriter, or a writer, I guess, in general, you can take on a lot of different things, experience a lot of different things, just by writing about them.~Amos Lee

Experience Cool Writing

Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.~Andre Breton

Nature Wise Writing

I think a conceptual idea comes to me first - something I've been mulling over a lot right before I feel like writing a book - and then the characters start to develop around it.~Andrea Seigel

Book Writing Me

Allowing alternative narrative modes in popular entertainment may seem obvious, yet when you turn a pilot into the people upstairs and the main character isn't after what she wants by the top of page two, you get treated as if you've failed at writing.~Andrea Seigel

Character May Writing

A lot of writing's going down dead ends that don't go anywhere.~Andrew Dominik

Writing Down Go

I'll have to get people to write songs for me right now until my own writing comes around.~Andy Gibb

Writing People Me

Someone who wants to write should make an effort to write a little something every day. Writing in this sense is the same as athletes who practice a sport every day to keep their skills honed.~Anita Desai

Day Writing Effort

My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own. I try not to structure my work too rigidly.~Anita Desai

Work Writing Style

Writing is my primary way of expressing myself.~Annie Baker

Myself Writing Way

I was 22 and stopped writing plays, and I didn't start again until I was 25. I was writing badly. In college, I attempted to write these more conventional plays, but the theater I loved was downtown experimental theater. I didn't feel like I could do that either. It didn't occur to me to do my own thing.~Annie Baker

College Writing Loved

Yeah, I have the detail-obsessed, controlling personality of a novelist, but I somehow ended up writing plays.~Annie Baker

Personality Writing Up

The beautiful feeling after writing a poem is on the whole better even than after sex, and that's saying a lot.~Anne Sexton

Beautiful Writing Better

I enjoyed writing for someone else's voice, but I wasn't very good at it.~Anthony Jeselnik

Good Writing Voice

Chechnya forms the bookends to Tolstoy's career. He began writing his first novel, 'Childhood,' while in Starogladovskaya in Northern Chechnya, and his final novel, 'Hadji Murad,' is set in the Russo-Chechen War of the 19th century.~Anthony Marra

War Childhood Writing

When you're writing in big block paragraphs, you can afford to have a redundant sentence now and then, but the Twitter format requires concision.~Anthony Marra

Writing You Now

Research is not an obstacle, something to be frightened of. It can be one of the real joys of writing.~Anthony Marra

Writing Research Real

Writing in a strict form can surprise you.~Anne Stevenson

Writing Surprise You

As a teenager I was obsessed with music and with writing and performing songs.~Anthony Minghella

Music Writing Performing

I find it an easy way into writing pieces is to think what the character's voice is like, and start from there.~Armando Iannucci

Character Writing Start

There are certain things that I know I don't want to do anymore. Playing out-and-out terrorists who terrorise people and don't actually move the conversation on are not worth doing. So that's probably another reason I don't go back to America, because a lot of it is like that. It's boring, dull, very lazy writing.~Art Malik

Writing People America

Sometimes I get in writing moods and I want to write a song every couple of days. Then sometimes I may not write a song for three weeks. It's just according to how it's hitting me at the time.~Ashton Shepherd

Time May Writing

How thin and insecure is that little beach of white sand we call consciousness. I've always known that in my writing it is the dark troubled sea of which I know nothing, save its presence, that carried me. I've always felt that creating was a fearless and a timid, a despairing and hopeful, launching out into that unknown.~Athol Fugard

Sea Beach Writing

With so many young playwrights, the true craft of writing for living voices is not what it used to be. They write for attention spans of 10 minutes between adverts.~Athol Fugard

Writing Living Young

I think all of my writing life led up to the writing of 'The Train Driver' because it deals with my own inherited blindness and guilt and all of what being a white South African in South Africa during those apartheid years meant.~Athol Fugard

Life Writing White

Write. Enjoy writing. Then, and only then, worry about the business end of it. Start loving your hobby, and then you can't go too wrong.~Arthur Phillips

Business End Writing

Writing is my profession. Photography is my hobby.~Avi

Writing Photography Hobby

I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers.~Avi

Thinking Writing Yourself

The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning.~A. B. Yehoshua

Beginning Writing Process

Writers don't write writing, they write reading. When I was a kid, I read four or five books a week. And that is how I became a writer.~Avi

Week Writing Reading

I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a month because I expected my writing to pay my way.~A. E. van Vogt

Writing Way Month

When you're working with a smaller budget I suppose one of the things that has to be in your mind when you are writing is that you have to keep the characters down to a minimum.~Atom Egoyan

Writing Mind You

Writing is the process of finding something to distract you from writing, and of all the helpful distractions - adultery, alcohol and acedia, all of which aided our writing fathers - none can equal the Internet.~Adam Gopnik

Writing Alcohol Internet

You know, writing is really difficult, and it takes a real patience and a skill. I don't know if I have that. I admire it in others, so much, and I envy it.~Adam Scott

Patience Writing Envy

It's hard for me to understand how poverty can be invisible to so many people, since I see it everywhere. Readers sometimes think this world is so different; on the one hand, they feel connected to the people I'm writing about, and on the other hand, they're saying their lives are a world away.~Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

World Poverty Writing

There's one thing I know for sure: When I'm most opinionated, my writing sucks.~Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Writing Know Most

Being a director, just to begin with, is just, I think, one of the hardest jobs just because you have to work in every way. You have to work with actors, you have to be involved with the producers and the writing and the action. Every department comes to you; you have to deal with everything.~Agnes Bruckner

Work Writing Action

I've always wanted to have a book published - it was a dream of mine, but the thought of actually writing a book made me feel really sick.~Ahmet Zappa

Book Writing Me

There are writers out there who say they're writing a second series, and then you pick it up and it feels exactly the same, only the lead character is blonde instead of brunette.~Alafair Burke

Character Writing You

Co-creation is much more work than writing somewhere in a hidden corner and then publishing your content. However, the benefits outweigh the costs.~Alexander Osterwalder

Work Writing Hidden

My favorite travel pastime is writing music, either with my guitar or on my computer.~Alexander Ludwig

Music Travel Writing

I don't have kids, a mortgage, or a car. That has let me hold out for the jobs I want to do, and to sit in a cold room in the winter with fingerless gloves, writing.~Alice Lowe

Car Writing Winter

The well-known inspiration for 'Ulysses' is made clear by the title itself: Joyce's novel is based on Homer's 'Odyssey', under the ever-fascinating premise that all of Odysseus' extraordinary adventures can be experienced by a modern man in a single day, provided that the writing consists of his mental activity.~Alvaro Enrigue

Day Man Writing

Writing is so fun precisely because if you take out the right adjective, the readers can decide what kind of book is in their hands. Suspension of disbelief should not be mandatory in contemporary writing.~Alvaro Enrigue

Book Writing Fun

My dad and mom divorced when I was around ten, and I didn't live with him after that, though he was close by and we saw each other weekly. I wasn't really aware that he was a writer; I didn't start reading his writing until I was about fifteen. It occurred to me then that my dad was kind of special; he's still one of my favorite writers.~Andre Dubus III

Mom Dad Writing

I found 'The Twin' sitting on a coffee table at a writers' colony in 2009. It carried praise from J.M. Coetzee. That seemed ample justification for using it to avoid my own writing. I finished it - weeping - a day later, and I've been puzzling over its powerful hold on me ever since.~Amy Waldman

Day Coffee Writing

Imagination, it turns out, is a great deal like reporting in your own head. Here is a paradox of fiction-writing. You are crafting something from nothing, which means, in one sense, that none of it is true. Yet in the writing, and perhaps in the reading, some of a character's actions or lines are truer than others.~Amy Waldman

Character Great Writing

I'm one of those writers who can't talk about what they're working on. The entire four years I was writing 'House of Sand and Fog,' my wife never saw a word of it. I just have to keep it in the womb, and then everyone can have a crack at it.~Andre Dubus III

Wife Writing Sand

I was really surprised at the success of 'House of Sand and Fog,' because it is so awfully dark. Believe it or not, when writing it, I never had the word 'tragedy' in my head - I wasn't trying to write a dark book at all.~Andre Dubus III

Success Book Writing

Most of the time I feel stupid, insensitive, mediocre, talentless and vulnerable - like I'm about to cry any second - and wrong. I've found that when that happens, it usually means I'm writing pretty well, pretty deeply, pretty rawly.~Andre Dubus III

Time Writing Stupid

If you don't put 99 percent of yourself into the writing, there will be no publishing career. There's the writer and there's the author. The author - you don't ever think about the author. Just think about the writer. So my advice would be, find a way to not care - easier said than done.~Andre Dubus III

Writing Yourself Advice

Writing is taking a risk, and it is actually fighting invisible and invincible enemies. They are over-confidence, stupidity, expectation and narcissism.~Andrea Hirata

Risk Writing Stupidity

I'm a simple hillbilly. I don't like eating modern, industrialized, fast food. I grew up eating home-cooked food. So when I'm traveling abroad, like when I recently received a six-month writing fellowship to Iowa in the U.S., I like to cook my own food.~Andrea Hirata

Food Simple Writing

I think if someone is writing continuously for 10 years and has not changed their mind about something - there's something wrong with them. They're not really thinking.~Andrew Sullivan

Thinking Writing Mind

For me, the guitar synthesizer is a great writing instrument.~Andy Summers

Great Writing Me

Of course the playing is important but writing and the establishing of what you are going for is prime too.~Andy Summers

Writing Important You

I have a 10-year track record of writing for the Jewish community.~Anita Diament

Community Writing Jewish

I had several publishers, and they were all the same. They all wanted salacious. And everybody is writing autobiographies, and that's one reason why I'm not going to do it. If young Posh Spice can write her autobiography, then I don't want to write one!~Anita Pallenberg

Writing Young Want

While I would agree that I write about serious subjects, and that they're not necessarily the most pleasant subjects or even the most pleasant people, as a writer I just think about the humorous aspects of these things - that's what keeps me going when I'm writing a story.~Ann Beattie

Writing People Me

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.~Antonia Fraser

Writing Prison Writers

I think crime writing is my link with trying to preserve a sort of order.~Antonia Fraser

Writing Trying Think

When I'm painting and drawing I only do people. Acting is obviously portraiture - and writing is as well.~Antony Sher

Writing People Painting

When I was writing 'The White Tiger' I lived in a building pretty much exactly like the one I described in this novel, and the people in the book are the people I lived with back then. So I didn't have to do much research to find them.~Aravind Adiga

Book Writing People

Too much of Indian writing in English, it seemed to me, consisted of middle-class people writing about other middle-class people - and a small slice of life being passed off as an authentic portrait of the country.~Aravind Adiga

Life Small Writing

Before I published anything, I dreamed of publication, but I didn't actually write for it. I imagined that writing for an audience was something for fancier people. I aspired, but mostly I wrote for myself. I wrote because it made me happy.~Ariel Gore

Myself Happy Writing

I'm not a professional; I lack even basic knowledge about writing music.~Ayumi Hamasaki

Music Knowledge Writing

I've been writing for people long enough to know that it has got to feel comfortable coming out of their mouths, especially when you're doing something that is first person and is so near and dear to you.~Alan Zweibel

Writing People Doing

I wasn't a class clown, I just found at an early age that I was able to make people laugh. So I mostly wrote funny stuff instead of writing what I was supposed to be writing.~Alan Zweibel

Funny Age Writing

Now, one can often get away with playing music by ear when it is not being recorded, but writing is another matter; its mistakes are not forgotten because they are still there to confuse us.~Albert Murray

Music Mistakes Writing

Somebody writing a subroutine is unbelievable boring.~Alec Berg

Writing Boring Somebody

For me writing and acting all comes out of the same place, a compulsion to review and connect to something. For me they are more similar than different.~Aleksa Palladino

Writing Me Acting

In no way am I demeaning writing or any other form of art because it's popular. What I'm saying is that anything fed into the industrial machinery to comply with rules of size and length and shelf-life has a hard time surviving as art.~Alberto Manguel

Art Time Writing

Any experience that isn't fun is probably something I will at least use in my writing someday.~Alex Flinn

Experience Writing Fun

We've always dreamt of a TV series and working in film. When we first sat down to seriously write 'A Little Nightmare Music,' to write something for TV was our original inspiration. But all the stuff we were writing down is not going to work on stage. We had to rewrite it so it would work on the stage.~Aleksey Igudesman

Work Music Writing

Although my other ambition was to be a musical theater star (and I would attend college on a voice scholarship), writing was never far from my mind.~Alex Flinn

College Ambition Writing

There's a point at which writing a book, or a long article, begins to feel like mental labor, and it's too painful to connect in the world in any real way mid-process. The only way to survive is to write until it is all said and done.~Alexandra Fuller

Book World Writing

I compose my own stuff. I've been writing songs with words. I've been playing more on the keyboard because I can transpose it to sheet music on the computer.~Alicia Witt

Music Words Writing

I feel very strongly that where the facts exist, a historical novelist should use them if they're writing about a person who really lived, because a lot of people come to history through historical novels. I did. And a lot of people want their history that way.~Alison Weir

History Writing People

I try not to think about writers who came before me when I'm writing myself. If I did, given the abundance of literary talent Scotland - and Edinburgh in particular - has bestowed upon the world, I wouldn't be able to get as much as a sentence written.~Allan Guthrie

Myself World Writing

Maybe it's the buildings, maybe it's the weather, but you can see it affects us - that Scottish gallows humour; our tendency towards bleakness, to look at things in a negative way. Those definitely come out in my writing.~Allan Guthrie

Weather Writing Negative

I took an MA course in creative writing a couple of years back, and I was definitely in the bottom of the class.~Allan Guthrie

Creative Writing Class

Writing books that people want to read is helpful - my most successful book is my only police procedural, a very popular subgenre of the very popular crime fiction genre.~Allan Guthrie

Book Writing People

I managed to fit most of the writing to evenings and weekends, and my wife has been very supportive.~Allan Guthrie

Wife Writing Most

Well, one of the things I discovered in the course of looking back and writing about what I saw in my memory is that I was a closely observant person long before I became a reporter.~Alma Guillermoprieto

Memory Writing Looking

I don't want to be famous per se, but I want to write books for as long as I can. And I plan on writing a lot.~Amanda Hocking

Writing Famous Plan

Writing has always felt like a compulsion. Even at high school there'd be times when people would ask me if I wanted to go and hang out and I'd sit home and write instead.~Amanda Hocking

Home School Writing

You know that gap between where you are and where you'd like to be? Within that gap, there is an ache and an aspirational leap, which is very good for writing.~Amanda Harlech

Good Writing You

Writing is something I should have done more of, it's a form of coming home.~Amanda Harlech

Home Writing Coming Home

I went to USC for writing. I was judgmental of actors and their Starbucks and fancy cars.~Analeigh Tipton

Writing Starbucks Fancy

I think most fiction writers naturally start by writing short stories, but some of us don't. When I first started writing, I just started writing a novel. It's a hard way to learn to write. I don't recommend it to my students, but it just happens that way for some of us.~Andrea Barrett

Writing Learn Short

By junior high, I was a horrible student. But during my sophomore year of high school, I did have a fabulous English teacher, and I would go to school just for her class and then skip out afterwards. That's actually when I started writing, although I didn't think of it then as something I might someday do.~Andrea Barrett

Teacher School Writing

I'm not patient at all. I avoid writer's block by writing. I power through with a bad version, so I can move on, and usually once I've gotten to the next scene, I'll discover what was missing from the bad version scene. Then I can easily rewrite it to get back on the right path.~Anders Holm

Power Path Writing

I have a great many shortcomings, but writing for something on time has never bothered me.~Andre Previn

Time Great Writing

I finally wasn't interested in writing music that played while actors talked.~Andre Previn

Music Writing Interested

When I began, the guitar was en-closed in a vicious circle. There were no composers writing for the guitar, be-cause there were no virtuoso guitarists.~Andres Segovia

Writing Guitar Circle

If the hairs on my neck stand up while I'm writing, I figure the reader will get the same kind of shock.~Andrew Pyper

Writing Stand Stand Up

What I see as the particularly exciting prospect for writing horror fiction as we go forward is setting stories in more internal landscapes than external ones, mapping out the mind as the home for scary things instead of the house at the end of the lane or lakeside campground or abandoned amusement park.~Andrew Pyper

Home End Writing

I enjoy singing the songs a certain way, but I don't even know how the writing even began. To me, it's work that is kind of invisible; it's a weird kind of work to have because you're not working, but it's not not work. Formulating your thoughts and making a melody that's catchy enough for people to listen to what you're saying is really hard!~Angel Olsen

Work Writing People

I guess that in a lot of ways, my writing is more of a character to me than something that I feel personally attached to.~Angel Olsen

Character Writing Me

I was always interested in acting and writing, and I honestly thought I'd make my name as a scriptwriter one day. But somehow, I ended up in London in the early '70s, and that's where I had my David Bowie adventure.~Angela Bowie

Adventure Day Writing

I hate writing.~Al Alvarez

Hate Writing

As much as I'm drawn to writing about teenage girls, I like the idea of having the freedom to branch out and write about different ages, for different ages.~Ann Brashares

Freedom Writing Different

Now, if, as I think, writing should be, it's a kind of risky trade.~Al Alvarez

Writing Think Kind

I got the writing bug in the fourth grade when a poem of mine was published in the school newspaper. Music criticism came a little later, when I was in high school.~Ann Powers

Music School Writing

I enjoyed singing and playing guitar but didn't have the stamina to make music-making a career. In reality, writing was my real gift, and as soon as I figured that out I never looked back.~Ann Powers

Writing Reality Gift

I'm publicizing the book that's done. I'm writing the book that's in the hopper, and I'm doing a little advance research on the book to come.~Ann Rule

Book Writing Research

I attribute the black tones in my films to Stephen King, Tim Burton, Joe Hill and Richard Matheson. However, most of my writing is influenced by mental health. I'm incredibly passionate about shedding light on the stigmas associated with mental illnesses.~Anna Akana

Light Health Writing

I continue to wish that writing were easier, that it would flow out completely perfect with no need for revisions.~Ann Turner

Writing Wish Perfect

When I first began to have the initial idea for 'Heartsease,' I just wrote a skeleton story; that is, I started her off as this young, bright 16-year-old and then added the events that occurred and where she and other characters fitted in, even writing 3 different endings, as I was not sure where Mary's story would lead to.~Ann Turner

Writing Young Endings

I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell, I don't sell it before I finish writing it.~Ann Patchett

Book Writing Finish

I think people become consumed with selling a book when they need to be consumed with writing it.~Ann Patchett

Book Writing People

Well, I always say that the two things I was most disastrous at in my life, being a teenager and being a wife, were the two things I really wound up cashing in on when I was writing fluffy magazine pieces.~Ann Patchett

Life Wife Writing

I can write for any magazine now, in any voice. I can do it in two hours, I could do it in my sleep, it's like writing a grocery list.~Ann Patchett

Sleep Writing Voice

I was in Siena and decided I wanted to write a story set there. Then I discovered that the original story of Romeo and Juliet was set in Siena. It occurred to me that this was too much of a gift - I had to do it. That's how I ended up writing a parallel story to Romeo and Juliet.~Anne Fortier

Writing Gift Me

When I began to be published, people got the idea that I should 'teach writing,' which I have no idea how to do and don't really believe in.~Anne Carson

Writing People Believe

I do think that something of the effect I have on people is to put everything on an edge where they're both infatuated with a kind of charmingness happening in the person or in the writing, and also flatly terrified by a revelation or acceptance of revelation that's almost happening, never quite totally happening.~Anne Carson

Writing People Acceptance

Maybe I could have been good as a drawer if I had done it as much as I did writing, but it's more scary to draw. It's more revealing. You can't disguise yourself in drawing.~Anne Carson

Good Writing Yourself

There are some different things I'm writing and developing, but I don't know where they'll go. They're fun stuff that I would be in and are written in my voice, for me.~Abby Elliott

Writing Fun Me

Another thing that's quite different in writing a book as a practicing newspaperman is that if you look at what you've written the next morning and you think you didn't get it quite right, you can fix it.~Adam Clymer

Morning Book Writing

I thought writing about somebody current would be a little closer to what I'm used to doing.~Adam Clymer

Writing Doing Thought

The act of song writing and recording became one and the same to me; because I essentially recorded everything I did from the day I began trying to write songs. I've always had a lot to say. I'd always written poems.~Adam Goldberg

Day Writing Me

I've been writing for years and developing my own films and editing with a friend of mine in Australia.~Aden Young

Writing Friend Australia

I don't like writing essays or theory.~Adrian Mitchell

Writing Theory Essays

The Holocaust is a central event in many people's lives, but it also has become a metaphor for our century. There cannot be an end to speaking and writing about it. Besides, in Israel, everyone carries a biography deep inside him.~Aharon Appelfeld

Deep End Writing

Characters are incredibly important, but I tend to build them around the plot during the outline stage. However, once I'm writing the manuscript, the characters I'm writing dictate how the plot unfolds.~Aimee Carter

Writing Important Stage

I get intrigued by a puzzle, and writing a book is the best way to solve it.~Anthony Storr

Best Book Writing

I guess you could say I've been writing all my life.~Anthony Doerr

Life Writing My Life

I like hearing other writers just about the way they approach writing. It gives me energy for my own work. It's weird; I'm always taking notes about fiction when I'm listening to people talk about craft.~Antonya Nelson

Work Writing People

As enjoyable as it is when you're just writing and getting feedback from family members, it's 10 times more enjoyable, or 100 times more enjoyable, when you actually start getting paid for it, and people start reading your books, and once in a while you get a good review.~Arthur Slade

Family Good Writing

When writing fantastical literature, your biggest problem is getting your audience to believe the fantastical elements of your story.~Arthur Slade

Writing Believe Problem

As with all types of writing, fantastical fiction depends on the same basic rules.~Arthur Slade

Writing Rules Same

If I lose, then I have to accept that my way of writing books is not the way society says it's okay to write.~Asne Seierstad

Society Writing Accept

I will get a loan and pay the money the court asks for. But I will not lay down my writing and I still say this was an important book to write.~Asne Seierstad

Money Book Writing

I started writing when I was about thirteen.~Al Purdy

Writing Started About

One of the biggest challenges of writing for middle-grade or even young-adult readers is that I don't want to have too much violence in it - which really limits what you can do. It's important that they're not just bloodbaths or glorifying violence. I always try to show that a person who dies leaves a hole. There's grief in my books.~Alane Ferguson

Grief Violence Writing

By the time I was at college, I became very alert to the question of racial discrimination, and I remember one of my first writing attempts had to do with a lynching.~Albert Maltz

Time College Writing

I'm still auditioning and doing other movie parts, but I really like the developing and the writing. You have more control over your destiny.~Alex Borstein

Destiny Writing Control

If you're writing anything decent, it's in you, it's your spirit coming out. If it's not an expression of how a person genuinely feels, then it's not a good song done with any conviction.~Alex Chilton

Good Writing You

Writing a book is not a crime.~Alexander Ahndoril

Book Writing Crime

We don't perceive a contradiction between writing books, making films or producing a television program. These days you can't choose how you want to express yourself anymore.~Alexander Kluge

Writing Yourself Want

I think that writing texts, publishing texts, selling texts in a physical book store is one of the important tools for breeding this new generation.~Alexander Mamut

Book Generation Writing

I'm not a born writer, and I don't enjoy writing.~Alistair Maclean

Writing Enjoy Born

I like to think that I am telling a story rather than writing it.~Alistair MacLeod

I Am Writing Think

Like many authors, I caught the writing bug during my teenage years. I don't remember the exact day or year, but I remember that reading S.E. Hinton's 'The Outsiders' sparked my interest in writing.~Ally Carter

Day Writing Reading

I just started writing for my own amusement and occasionally singing in little clubs around Los Angeles. Then I wrote 'The Rose,' and through a series of divine things that I had no control over and had no idea were going to happen, it got in the movie, and that changed everything.~Amanda McBroom

Rose Writing Singing

If the character is really well-rounded, and it's a really strong character, and if the writing is just fantastic, that's the thing that will hook me in, certainly.~Amanda Abbington

Character Strong Writing

I started writing by doing small related things but not the thing itself, circling it and getting closer. I had no idea how to write fiction. So I did journalism because there were rules I could learn. You can teach someone to write a news story. They might not write a great one, but you can teach that pretty easily.~Amy Hempel

Great Small Writing

The comforts come from my movie and television writing. It is unusual to live this well simply from books.~Anatoly Rybakov

Writing Television Live

I don't like writing straight-up thrillers. I like writing about families hurled into crisis and danger - soccer moms and regular dads and husbands who might have to rescue their daughters or who are, say, hedge fund managers and have one foot on the sidelines watching their kids and the other in nefarious cover-ups and conspiracies.~Andrew Gross

Writing Soccer Crisis

Some weeks there's no writing, and some weeks are full of writing.~Ann Packer

Writing Some Full

I write pretty much when I can. I used to be very particular about needing certain conditions for writing, but when I had children, I discovered that I was a lot more flexible than I thought.~Ann Packer

Children Writing Thought

The most important thing when starting out with essay writing is to find a voice with which you're comfortable. You need to find a persona that is very much like you, but slightly caricatured.~Anne Fadiman

Writing Important Voice

Somebody said writing is easy, you just sit down at your typewriter and open a vein. It depends on the book. Some, I have to do quite a lot of research, which I like. Others are much closer to me.~Anne Rivers Siddons

Book Writing Me

You're too busy writing the next book to worry about Googling yourself all the time.~Annette Curtis Klause

Time Book Writing

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

Love Music Writing

When I began writing that I was able and did travel and met some fascinating people and also uncovered some history, which has not been discovered before.~Arthur Hailey

Travel History Writing

If you here require a practical rule of me, I will present you with this: 'Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it - whole-heartedly - and delete it before sending your manuscript to press.'~Arthur Quiller-Couch

Writing Me Present

It is so much hard work writing your first novel. You're not even sure that it is possible to do.~Asa Larsson

Work Hard Work Writing

If I'm not writing songs about things I've actually been through, it ruins the idea of making music to me.~Austin Carlile

Music Writing Me