Quotations on Writing

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When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
- John Adams
(Keywords: People, Hope, Freedom, Now, Talk, Thinking, Will, Writing, Years)

Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that.
- Robert Adamson
(Keywords: Poetry, Writing, Years)

After seven years of writing - and working many jobs to support my family - I finally got published.
- Lloyd Alexander
(Keywords: Family, Jobs, Support, Writing, Years)

Sometimes you're trapped in writing songs and you don't have enough distance from what you do anymore and you need the talent and the years of other people to come and jump in.
- Keren Ann
(Keywords: Talent, People, Songs, Writing, Years)

Keep writing, because not only does practice improve skill, it gives you more chances to score on the market. I did that for eight years before making my first sale.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: First, Practice, Skill, Writing, Years)

Have a working spouse, because you won't earn a living from writing - not at first, if ever. My wife worked for years to support us.
- Piers Anthony
(Keywords: Wife, First, Living, Support, Writing, Years)

I've always looked upon the Ducks as caricature human beings. Perhaps I've been years writing in that middle world that J.R.R. Tolkien describes, and never knew it.
- Carl Barks
(Keywords: World, Writing, Years)

Sometimes things in life take a few years to digest, and they find their way into the work later on. Sometimes I'm writing about things from eight years ago-they just took a long time to distill and come out in the appropriate way.
- Beck
(Keywords: Life, Time, Work, Writing, Years)

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
- Robert Benchley
(Keywords: Time, Talent, Famous, Writing, Years)

As opposed to touring for three years and then going into the studio and writing an album, I think this record is representative of a lot of everyday people.
- Nuno Bettencourt
(Keywords: People, Writing, Years)

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing, it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will tell a hundred years hence.
- Samuel Butler
(Keywords: Doubt, Man, Will, Writing, Years)

My idea of what's good and bad and right and wrong is maybe greyer than most, and I like writing about that.
- Shaun Cassidy
(Keywords: Idea, Right, Writing, Wrong)

That's the best thing about writing, when you're in that zone, you're porous, ready to absorb the solution.
- Michael Chabon
(Keywords: Solution, Writing, Zone)

And the nice thing about writing a novel is you take your time, you sit with the character sometimes nine years, you look very deeply at a situation, unlike in real life when we just kind of snap something out.
- Sandra Cisneros
(Keywords: Life, Time, Character, Writing, Years)

I did a lot of writing for a lot of different kinds of bands that I was in and out of during those five years and that left me with a little body of songs that I liked better when I played alone, so I ended up going out solo and very soon made my first album.
- Bruce Cockburn
(Keywords: Body, First, Songs, Writing, Years)

Very curious, at the age of about 13 years, Oswald began to study Marxism and he kept on in his writing, affirming that he was a Marxist. Probably he did want to show himself as a great, supreme Marxist.
- John Sherman Cooper
(Keywords: Age, Marxism, Study, Want, Writing, Years)

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
(Keywords: Discipline, Day, Fiction, University, Want, Writing, Years)

It has taken me years of struggle, hard work and research to learn to make one simple gesture, and I know enough about the art of writing to realize that it would take as many years of concentrated effort to write one simple, beautiful sentence.
- Isadora Duncan
(Keywords: Art, Work, Effort, Hard work, Research, Struggle, Writing, Years)

I'm working seven days a week in the fall. I couldn't possibly keep that up. This is only for the fall. In the last couple of years I've tended to do most of my serious writing in the winter, when there's nothing going on with football.
- Gregg Easterbrook
(Keywords: Football, Nothing, Winter, Writing, Years)

I thought people cared about music in a deep way, so I was writing to that spirit in people and in myself. It was me, thinking I knew what was up. Youth, who else can change the world?
- Kevin Eubanks
(Keywords: Change, Music, Thought, People, Deep, Spirit, Thinking, World, Writing, Youth)

I cry, sometimes, because I'm not 20 years younger, and I'm not healthy. But if I were, I would even sacrifice my writing to enter politics.
- Oriana Fallaci
(Keywords: Politics, Sacrifice, Writing, Years)

I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper. He was not a writer. Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put anything more than his signature on paper.
- Leslie Fiedler
(Keywords: Man, Old, Writer, Writing, Years)

Writing allows me the time to travel and see the world, which is what I always wanted to do. I'd really like to have been Sir Richard Francis Burton, but it's the wrong century.
- Alan Dean Foster
(Keywords: Time, Travel, World, Writing, Wrong)

Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.
- Janet Frame
(Keywords: Imagination, Writing, Years)

I've been doing my big theater projects, which take years, and writing a song here and there.
- David Friedman
(Keywords: Projects, Song, Theater, Writing, Years)

Having been an actor and a writer for so long - 20 years or so - I felt that it would be daft to go to one's grave without having directed. It's a natural extension of writing and acting, and so I knew it would happen one day.
- Stephen Fry
(Keywords: Acting, Actor, Day, Grave, Writer, Writing, Years)

In the back of my mind was the constant hankering, almost yearning, to write but something always stopped me in my tracks. Or if I did find my way to put a pen to paper or finger on a keyboard I'd give up after a few minutes. I'd find other things to do: Anything but writing.
- Mary Garden
(Keywords: Mind, Pen, Writing, Yearning)

When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head, a catch phrase. When I was writing pop songs for a few years, as a career, separate from my folksinging career, I used to write songs for pop singers.
- Tom Glazer
(Keywords: Career, Songs, Will, Writing, Years)

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
(Keywords: Now, Play, Singing, Writing, Years)

I spent the first twenty years of my writing career preparing for the mystery genre, which is my favorite literary form.
- Sue Grafton
(Keywords: Career, Favorite, First, Literary, Mystery, Writing, Years)

When we finish this tour we are going to begin writing and go into the studio to hopefully have a brand new Foreigner album out in early spring next year. This will be the first Foreigner album out in about ten years.
- Lou Gramm
(Keywords: First, Spring, Will, Writing, Years)

Never use the word 'audience.' The very idea of a public, unless the poet is writing for money, seems wrong to me. Poets don't have an 'audience'. They're talking to a single person all the time.
- Robert Graves
(Keywords: Time, Money, Idea, Poets, Public, Talking, Word, Writing, Wrong)

My mother had always taught me to write about my feelings instead of sharing really personal things with others, so I spent many evenings writing in my diary, eating everything in the kitchen and waiting for Mr. Wrong to call.
- Cathy Guisewite
(Keywords: Mother, Feelings, Eating, Kitchen, Sharing, Waiting, Writing, Wrong)

For the last 20 years of my life, I've had the mantra to do amazing parts with amazing people in amazing projects, so I'm attracted to good story, writing and character and good people. That's what I'm always searching for and I don't think that's ever going to change.
- John Hawkes
(Keywords: Change, Life, People, Character, Projects, Writing, Years)

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
(Keywords: Manager, Development, Information, Project, Writing, Years)

In terms of writing about horses, I fell backwards into that. I was intent on getting a Ph.D., becoming a professor, and writing on history but I got sick 14 years ago when I was 19. Getting sick derailed that plan completely.
- Laura Hillenbrand
(Keywords: History, Horses, Writing, Years)

I am 82 years old. I imagine that I will keep on writing as long as anyone wants to keep reading.
- Tony Hillerman
(Keywords: Old, Reading, Will, Writing, Years)

I stopped working a few years ago because I just lost a spark that I'd had before. I thought I'd just try writing, and maybe start directing, but I did it very quietly.
- Dustin Hoffman
(Keywords: Thought, Writing, Years)

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
(Keywords: Climate, Now, Writing, Years)

My failure, during the first five or six years of my art training, to get set in the right direction, and the disappointment which it caused me, drove me the more persistently into writing as an alternative.
- Laurence Housman
(Keywords: Art, Failure, Direction, Disappointment, First, Right, Training, Writing, Years)

For many years I was engaged in journalism, writing articles and chronicles for the daily press without ever joining the staff of any newspaper.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen
(Keywords: Journalism, Press, Writing, Years)

Maybe I've lost a little, but I think everyone does over time. People have been writing that I'm getting old every year, and eventually they're going to be right. There's nobody in this game that's doing the same things they once did in the peak years of their career.
- Randy Johnson
(Keywords: Time, People, Career, Old, Right, Writing, Years)

Time spent researching varies from book to book. Some novels require months, even years of research, others very little. I try to do most of my research before I begin but inevitably questions emerge during the writing.
- Jonathan Kellerman
(Keywords: Time, Months, Questions, Research, Writing, Years)

So it took me five years because in the interim I have been doing a lot of personal appearances and movies and some television series that went into the plumbing and I stopped writing for a while.
- Robert Klein
(Keywords: Movies, Television, Writing, Years)

The biggest hurdle to writing Fargo Rock City was that I couldn't afford a home computer - I had to get a new job so I could buy a computer. It could all change though. In five years, I could be back at some daily newspaper, which wouldn't be so bad.
- Chuck Klosterman
(Keywords: Change, Home, Computer, Job, Writing, Years)

At that time, I had recently finished a book called Amazing Grace, which many people tell me is a very painful book to read. Well, if it was painful to read, it was also painful to write. I had pains in my chest for two years while I was writing that book.
- Jonathan Kozol
(Keywords: Time, People, Grace, Writing, Years)

I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did, because it's such great fun to do, many times more creative than nonfiction.
- Judith Krantz
(Keywords: Fiction, Fun, Writing, Years)

I got that experience through dating dozens of men for six years after college, getting an entry level magazine job at 21, working in the fiction department at Good Housekeeping and then working as a fashion editor there as well as writing many articles for the magazine.
- Judith Krantz
(Keywords: Dating, Experience, Men, College, Fashion, Fiction, Housekeeping, Job, Writing, Years)

Some writing and production projects will be a great way to spend my elderly rock years.
- Geddy Lee
(Keywords: Elderly, Production, Projects, Will, Writing, Years)

I'd excluded New York from my writing, and then I came back and I fell in love with it all over again. The energy comes from an absence, that yearning for New York when you are not there.
- Jonathan Lethem
(Keywords: Love, Absence, Energy, Writing, Yearning)



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