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1. "I thought writing about somebody current would be a little closer to what I'm used to doing."
Author: Adam Clymer
2. "A writer stops writing the moment he or she puts the last full stop to their text, and at that point the book is in limbo and doesn't come to life until the reader picks it up and the reader flips the pages."
Author: Alberto Manguel
3. "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."
Author: Andre Dubus III
4. "It isn't much use writing slogans on a wall if you plan to total the building."
Author: Andrew Vachss
5. "...writing stories was always a bit like falling in love with a stranger and running off to Marrakech for a long weekend. It didn't have to be successful to be thrilling."
Author: Ann Patchett
6. "These two things are almost all I want, but unfortunately, neither one is my strong suit. I am very strong on blame, and wish this were one of God's values, but trust, surrender? Letting go, forgiveness? Maybe just after a period of prayer, but then when the mood passes and real life rears its ugly head again? Not so much. I hate this, the fact that life is usually Chutes and Ladders, with no guaranteed gains.I cannot will myself into having these qualities, so I have to pray for them more often, if I want to be happy. I have to create the habit, just as I had to do with daily writing, and flossing."
Author: Anne Lamott
7. "Writing a book is not as tough as it is to haul thirty-five people around the country and sweat like a horse five nights a week."
Author: Bette Midler
8. "I do like the research part of writing, I must admit."
Author: C. J. Box
9. "Novel writing wrecks homes."
Author: C. S. Forester
10. "The essays are very solipsistic and self-absorbed, I'm totally conscious of that. To me, book writing is fun, and I basically just write about things that are entertaining to myself."
Author: Chuck Klosterman
11. "I throw ideas out into the open when I really should just be writing them down in a journal."
Author: Dan Deacon
12. "Writing has become my great joy - I simply love it."
Author: Dawn French
13. "People die every day. That was the most comforting thought Brás had while all the obituaries he wrote at the newspaper flashed before him. He just realized that, even when he's not writing about it, people will keep dying. Isn't it funny how easily forget about work the moment they leave for the day? Isn't it strange how we always seem to remember the trivial things from our daily lives, yet we so often forget the most important ones?"
Author: Gabriel Bá
14. "Gavin said that writing novels with a PC was supposed to be easier than writing with a typewriter and bond paper, or with a pen and foolscap, or with a chisel and a granite obelisk imported from Greece. I shook my head with pity as he related this canard to me."
Author: Gary Reilly
15. "Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years."
Author: Gerry Mulligan
16. "I was just about to begin writing 'Mirror Mirror', within about a week of it, when September 11, 2001 happened. I found myself incapable of caring about fiction-making for a number of months."
Author: Gregory Maguire
17. "Smart writers understand that writing is also a business. Really smart writers see themselves also as entrepreneurs. Barry Eisler"
Author: Guy Kawasaki
18. "I felt that I had to write. Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing, enjoying it and experiencing the challenge."
Author: Gwendolyn Brooks
19. "I really love folklore. I had read a lot of faerie folklore that informed the books I wrote. I also really love vampire folklore; my eighth grade research paper was on [it]. [With this project,] it was really helpful to think about the way you can use language. When you're writing about faeries, you can't call anyone "fey"; there are certain words that become forbidden because they're actualized in what faeries do. When you write about vampires, you could think the same way about things like the word "red" or "hunger"--it's interesting to think of the ways that the words have double meanings, or different meanings that shifted."
Author: Holly Black
20. "On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people."
Author: Hu Shih
21. "Half the fun of writing a novel is finding out from other people later on what you actually meant."
Author: Iain Banks
22. "I should like to think that had I been around at the time I would have been a convinced anti-Nazi engaged in the underground resistance fight. However, I know really that I would have been as confused and felt as helpless as most of the people I am writing about"
Author: Ian Kershaw
23. "There was a lot of great writing couples, but I try to do it all myself. And it was practically impossible, but I still managed to be ahead of my time."
Author: Jackie DeShannon
24. "Sweat, blood, and tears mean nothing in your writing if you're not willing to burn what doesn't work."
Author: Jason E. Hodges
25. "Sing a song of suspense in which the players die.Four and twenty ravens in an Edgar Allan Pie.When the pie was broken, the ravens couldn't sing.Their throats had been sliced open by Stephen, the new King.The King was in his writing house, stifling a laughWhile his queen was in a tizzy of her bloody Lovecraft.When the dead maid got the garden for her rank as royal whore,King's shovel made it double and he married nevermore."
Author: Jessica McHugh
26. "I like writing my own stuff. If a book came along I would maybe do that."
Author: Jody Hill
27. "Writing is like the life of a glacier; one eternal grind."
Author: John Muir
28. "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."
Author: Judith Krantz
29. "I want so to live that I work with my hands and my feeling and my brain. I want a garden, a small house, grass, animals, books, pictures, music. And out of this, the expression of this, I want to be writing (Though I may write about cabmen. That's no matter.) But warm, eager, living life — to be rooted in life — to learn, to desire, to feel, to think, to act. This is what I want. And nothing less. That is what I must try for."
Author: Katherine Mansfield
30. "Faulkner had an egg carton filled with periods and throughout his writing career, used nearly all of them."
Author: Kelli Jae Baeli
31. "Good writing ain't necessarily good reading."
Author: Ken Kesey
32. "Sit down every day and DO IT. Writing is a self-taught craft; the more you work at it, the more skilled you become. And when you're not writing, READ."
Author: Lois Duncan
33. "It's okay to be crazy as long as you keep writing and are happy."
Author: Lori Lesko
34. "Even though I've reached retirement age, I still plan to work - writing my investment newsletter, speaking at conferences, publishing books, and producing conferences like FreedomFest."
Author: Mark Skousen
35. "I cleaned the shit off my pink high-tops and drove home, stopping for an espresso at the coffeehouse across from the college. Men and women were hunched over copies of Jean Paul Sartre and writing in their journals. Most wore the thin-rimmed tortoiseshell glasses favored by intellectuals. Their clothes were faded to a precisely fashionable degree; you can buy them that way from catalogs now, new clothes processed to look old. The intellectuals looked at me in my overalls the way such people inevitably look at farmers. I dumped a lot of sugar in my espresso and sipped it delicately at a corner table near the door. I looked at them the way farmers look at intellectuals."
Author: Mary Rose O'Reilley
36. "Seventy percent of what I write, I throw out. I can write very easily, but writing original things is the hard bit."
Author: Mike Rutherford
37. "Plot is tremendously important to me: I can't stand books where nothing happens, and I can't imagine ever writing a novel without at least one murder."
Author: Ned Beauman
38. "It's usually easier for me to begin writing in a character's voice if that person is different from me in some significant way."
Author: Nell Freudenberger
39. "Writing begins in the body, it is the music of the body, and even if the words have meaning, can sometimes have meaning, the music of the words is where the meanings begin....Writing as a lesser form of dance."
Author: Paul Auster
40. "The first and primary requirement for me in a director that I'd want to work with is: do they love writing, and do they love the collaboration process with writers?"
Author: Peter Morgan
41. "I would send out some contests. "Here's some code. Here's the benchmark. Make it fast." I sent our load balancer's header parsing. We were all writing crazy regexps that didn't backtrack and tried to capture things with the most efficient capture groups. And we were all competing, getting faster and faster and faster. Then one guy comes over the next day. He had written it all in C++ with XS, and so he was like, "I win."
Author: Peter Seibel
42. "The thing we often forget to talk about, or perhaps we take for granted, is our country's dazzling beauty. Our natural environment is so much a part of Australia's art, writing, music and culture, both indigenous and non indigenous."
Author: Quentin Bryce
43. "Writing is the dragon that lives underneath my floorboards. The one I incessantly feed for fear it may turn and devour my ass. Writing is the friend who doesn't return my phone calls; the itch I'm unable to scratch; a dinner invitation from a cannibal; elevator music for a narcoleptic. Writing is the hope of lifting all boats by pissing in the ocean. Writing isn't something that makes me happy like a good cup of coffee. It's just something I do because not writing, as I've found, is so much worse."
Author: Quentin R. Bufogle
44. "How do you make a living if you're writing a book?" Joshua asked. The boy was getting a bike for Christmas that's all there was to it.David squirmed in his seat. "It doesn't pay anything yet.""So, then what do you do to pay the bills?" Joshua asked. Forget the bike, he was getting a go-cart."
Author: R.L. Mathewson
45. "I try not to picture a reader when I'm writing. It's like trying to make a great table but not picturing anybody sitting at it."
Author: Sadie Jones
46. "If writing did not exist, what terrible depressions we should suffer from."
Author: Sei Shōnagon
47. "It's immoral that people make money out of writing crap, but I try not to obsess about it. I don't want to spend my life being angry."
Author: Stella McCartney
48. "He's a hot bath, a short breath, five days of summer pressed into five fingers writing stories on my body."
Author: Tahereh Mafi
49. "I do no writing while I'm in Belgrade visiting my grandma."
Author: Tea Obreht
50. "This motion-picture muddle had distracted me from my writing."
Author: Zane Grey

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