Writing Quotes

Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then have to ask them to leave.

Marc Lawrence

Writing is a crummy profession, but a good hobby.

Paavo Haavikko

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

Agatha Christie

Easy reading is damned hard writing.

Anonymous

Writing is only boring to the people who are boring themselves.

Anonymous

Normally I work out a general summary of what I mean to do, then start writing, and the details can be different from my anticipation. So there is considerable flow, but always within channels.

Piers Anthony

It varies from song to song, although Buck Owens and I recently collaborated on writing a duet together and am looking forward with a great deal of anticipation to recording that track for the new studio album.

Dwight Yoakam

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

One of the most attractive things about writing your autobiography is that you're not dead.

Joseph Barbera

I spent most of this afternoon writing a new introduction for my autobiography.

June Foray

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

If you are a married man resident in Cuba, you cannot get a passport to go to the next town without your wife's permission in writing.

Edward Burnett Tylor

I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot... and memory is important.

Judy Collins

I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment. That was the way I would keep faith with the audience that supported me as I went along.

Bruce Springsteen

Mark my words, when a society has to resort to the lavatory for its humour, the writing is on the wall.

Alan Bennett

Unlike any other form of writing, the stories of episodic television require the blended imagination, talent, and tenacity of a staff of writers.

Daniel Petrie

A man writes to throw off the poison which he has accumulated because of his false way of life. He is trying to recapture his innocence, yet all he succeeds in doing (by writing) is to inoculate the world with a virus of his disillusionment. No man would set a word down on paper if he had the courage to live out what he believed in.

Henry Miller

Writing must always have intention because words have power.

Suheir Hammad

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

When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.

Ernest Hemingway

The first law for the historian is that he shall never dare utter an untruth. The second is that he shall suppress nothing that is true. Moreover, there shall be no suspicion of partiality in his writing, or of malice.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Style in painting is the same as in writing a power over materials, whether words or colours, by which conceptions or sentiments are conveyed.

Sir Joshua Reynolds

That folk music led to learning to play, and making things up led to what turns out to be the most lucrative part of the music business - writing, because you get paid every time that song gets played.

Jackson Browne

An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.

Eliot, T. S.

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