Quotations on Writers

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I'm one of those writers who, when writing, believes she's god-and that she hasn't bestowed free will on any of her characters. In that sense there are no surprises in any of my books.
- Lynn Abbey
(Keywords: God, Books, Free will, Sense, Surprises, Writers, Writing)

Princess Rose should indeed be a TV movie, assuming something doesn't go wrong. I don't know how good a movie it will be, because the way movie folk think is different from the way writers think, and I distrust what isn't done my way. This is what I call a healthy paranoia.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: Distrust, Folk, Paranoia, Will, Writers, Wrong)

What makes me furious, not just because we're in an interview, but I don't like when writers take your words and put them somewhere else, in the wrong context in their own article about you.
- Erykah Badu
(Keywords: Words, Writers, Wrong)

Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
- Walter Benjamin
(Keywords: People, Books, Poor, Writers, Writing)

I am conscious of trying to stretch the boundaries of non-fiction writing. It's always surprised me how little attention many non-fiction writers pay to the formal aspects of their work.
- Alain de Botton
(Keywords: Work, Attention, Trying, Writers, Writing)

And I have this little litany of things they can do. And the first one, of course, is to write - every day, no excuses. It's so easy to make excuses. Even professional writers have days when they'd rather clean the toilet than do the writing.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Day, Excuses, First, Writers, Writing)

I wanted to be a writer from my early teenage years, but I never told anyone. Writers, in my opinion, were god-like creatures, and to say I was striving to be a writer would be incredibly arrogant.
- Tim Cahill
(Keywords: God, Opinion, Teenage, Writer, Writers, Years)

Artists don't talk about art. Artists talk about work. If I have anything to say to young writers, it's stop thinking of writing as art. Think of it as work.
- Paddy Chayefsky
(Keywords: Work, Art, Artists, Talk, Thinking, Writers, Writing)

Good writers are often excellent at a hundred other things, but writing promises a greater latitude for the ego.
- John Cheever
(Keywords: Ego, Promises, Writers, Writing)

At risk of sounding foully pompous I think that writers' groups are probably very useful at the beginning of a writing career.
- Bernard Cornwell
(Keywords: Beginning, Career, Risk, Writers, Writing)

The letters were universally complimentary, and we designers loved hearing that our games were being enjoyed, but if they weren't sending us a picture of their screens most of those writers would have spent their time playing the game rather than writing letters.
- David Crane
(Keywords: Time, Being, Games, Hearing, Letters, Writers, Writing)

Probably having fallen in love with music and movies at a young age and then first learning about writing by kind of following the path of writers like Dave Marsh and Lester Bangs and being a rock journalist.
- Cameron Crowe
(Keywords: Age, Love, Movies, Music, Being, First, Learning, Writers, Writing)

The best way to learn about writing is to study the work of other writers you admire.
- Jeffery Deaver
(Keywords: Work, Study, Writers, Writing)

The writers are writing human beings, and they're writing about the human condition and how difficult it is to function in that condition. I think it's one of the charms of the show, the idea of redemption and working towards becoming better people, for everybody involved.
- George Dzundza
(Keywords: People, Idea, Writers, Writing)

I love new writing, new blood, modern works by unknown writers.
- Joseph Fiennes
(Keywords: Love, Blood, Writers, Writing)

World War II is the greatest drama in human history, the biggest war ever and a true battle of good and evil. I imagine writers will continue to get stories from it, and readers will continue to love them, for many more years.
- Ken Follett
(Keywords: Love, War, History, Battle, Drama, Evil, Will, World, World war, Writers, Years)

I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry.
- Shelby Foote
(Keywords: Poetry, Trying, Writers, Writing)

They're hit writers. They're gonna write me a hit whether I wanted it or not you know? I could have put out a single a year ago with the Neptunes and maybe been writing now on top but that was not the path that I chose.
- Willa Ford
(Keywords: Now, Writers, Writing)

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.
- Antonia Fraser
(Keywords: Prison, Writers, Writing)

Writing is no dying art form in America because most published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.
- Elizabeth George
(Keywords: Art, Wisdom, Talent, Encouraging, America, Dying, Footsteps, Necessity, Writers, Writing)

Some writers and producers are currently writing a sitcom for me, so we'll see what happens there. I'm somewhat reluctant to talk about some of the upcoming projects that I'm working on; I've a lot of stuff on the go, including five pictures that I'm looking at producing.
- Gil Gerard
(Keywords: Projects, Talk, Writers, Writing)

When they do bring on new people, it's good for the show. It's like getting a new toy. The writers enjoy it because it's a whole new character that they can write for, one that they aren't used to writing for. They can try different things.
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar
(Keywords: People, Character, Writers, Writing)

We've got a bunch of new writers now who tell me they grew up watching The Simpsons. It's bizarre, and they're writing some very funny stuff.
- Matt Groening
(Keywords: Funny, Bizarre, Now, Writers, Writing)

Writing became an obsessive compulsive habit but I had almost no money so I thought about being an urban firefighter and having lots of free time in which to write or becoming an English teacher and thinking about books and writers on a daily basis. That swayed me.
- David Guterson
(Keywords: Money, Time, Thought, Habit, Being, Books, English, Thinking, Writers, Writing)

I've lost track of the number of people who want to be writers but never actually write anything. Talking about writing, dreaming about writing, can be very fun, but it won't get a book written. You've got to write.
- Laurell K. Hamilton
(Keywords: People, Fun, Talking, Want, Writers, Writing)

They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Advice, Fancy, Talking, Writers, Writing)

If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
- Lillian Hellman
(Keywords: Advice, Talking, Writers, Writing)

It seems to me that many writers, by virtue of environments of culture, art and education, slip into writing because of their environments.
- Robert E. Howard
(Keywords: Art, Education, Virtue, Culture, Writers, Writing)

I had neither expert aid nor advice. I studied no courses in writing; until a year or so ago, I never read a book by anybody advising writers how to write.
- Robert E. Howard
(Keywords: Advice, Writers, Writing)

What is difficult is the promotion, balancing the public side of a writer's life with the writing. I think that's something a lot of writers are having to face. Writers have become much more public now.
- Kazuo Ishiguro
(Keywords: Life, Now, Promotion, Public, Writer, Writers, Writing)

Writing can be a very solitary business. It's you sat at a desk typing words into a computer. It can get lonely sometimes and lots of writers live quite isolated lives.
- Paul Kane
(Keywords: Business, Computer, Lonely, Words, Writers, Writing)

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction. So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane
(Keywords: Fiction, Personality, Respect, Writers, Writing)

That has to remain the principal reason for doing it, doesn't it? I know it's possible to write for money, and many very good writers have done so. But for me, it has to remain the principal thing that I actually want to do the writing.
- Jonathan Kellerman
(Keywords: Money, Reason, Want, Writers, Writing)

If something in your writing gives support to people in their lives, that's more than just entertainment-which is what we writers all struggle to do, to touch people.
- Dean Koontz
(Keywords: People, Entertainment, Struggle, Support, Writers, Writing)

However far fiction writers stray from their own lives and experiences - and I stray pretty far from mine - I think, ultimately, that we may be writing what we need to write in some way, albeit unconsciously.
- Wally Lamb
(Keywords: Fiction, May, Pretty, Writers, Writing)

We are the only school in America, drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a master's degree program, and we want them - to expose them to everything.
- James Lipton
(Keywords: Actors, America, Drama, School, Want, Writers, Years)

My theory is that I decided to be a writer when I was about seven, but of course it is not as simple as that. Like most writers, I had to work at other things to earn a living and wrote mainly in the evenings, often very late at night, for many years.
- Margaret Mahy
(Keywords: Work, Living, Night, Theory, Writer, Writers, Years)

I was able to work out all sorts of attitudes to style and event and character, all of which affected the way I came to think about my own writing. I believe that all good writers are original.
- Margaret Mahy
(Keywords: Work, Character, Style, Writers, Writing)

When Ted Williams was here, inducted into the Hall of Fame 37 years ago, he said he must have earned it, because he didn't win it because of his friendship with the writers. I guess in that way, I'm proud to be in this company that way.
- Eddie Murray
(Keywords: Friendship, Company, Fame, Writers, Years)

My problem with new writers is that it takes me five or six years to memorise the right names.
- Larry Niven
(Keywords: Names, Right, Writers, Years)

I remember Tim telling me that he had an idea for a musical and he said to me that he was hoping that ABBA would be writing the music, which I thought was a pretty wild idea because they were obviously known very much as pop writers.
- Elaine Paige
(Keywords: Music, Thought, Idea, Pretty, Writers, Writing)

Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day.
- Richard Price
(Keywords: Day, Letters, Mind, Writers, Years)

I believe strongly in writing groups such as Romance Writers Of America that offer support, information and networking.
- Nora Roberts
(Keywords: Romance, America, Information, Support, Writers, Writing)

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for writers to start out in because the writing quickly falls into a routine and people are likely to find themselves artistically exhausted when they want to work on something of their own.
- Irwin Shaw
(Keywords: Work, People, Routine, Want, Writers, Writing)

It's one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another.
- Dan Simmons
(Keywords: Profession, Relax, Writers, Writing)

Yet, it ought to be obvious that good music generally occupies a higher plane that mere politics. Great writers can express moods through melody and capture experiences we share most powerfully - love, lust, longing; joy, rage, fear; triumph, yearning and confusion.
- Tony Snow
(Keywords: Music, Love, Politics, Fear, Confusion, Joy, Longing, Lust, Moods, Obvious, Writers, Yearning)

I'm not one of those writers I learned about who get up in the morning, put a piece of paper in their typewriter machine and start writing. That I've never understood.
- Wole Soyinka
(Keywords: Machine, Writers, Writing)

George was getting alot of independence for himself in those days. He was writing more, and wanted things to go his way - where, when we first started things basically went John and Paul's way. You know, 'cuz they were the writers.
- Ringo Starr
(Keywords: First, Independence, Writers, Writing)

It is the nobility of their style which will make our writers of 1840 unreadable forty years from now.
- Stendhal
(Keywords: Nobility, Now, Style, Will, Writers, Years)

Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all.
- Theodore Sturgeon
(Keywords: Humor, Compassion, Fiction, Mind, Writer, Writers, Writing)



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