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1. "A memory came to me. One time, in middle school, a famous author came to talk to our class and give a writing workshop. One of the things she told us about writing a novel was that the story should be about what the main character wants. Dorothy wants to go home to Kansas. George Milton wants a farm of his own. Amelia Sedley wants to marry her darling George and live happily ever after. The end of the story, according to the famous author, is when the character either gests what he wants or realizes he's never going to get it. Or sometimes, she said, like Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind, realizes she doesn't actually want what she thought she wanted all along. pg. 324 of Bewitching"
Author: Alex Flinn
2. "My style of writing is to allow the story to unfold on its own. I try not to structure my work too rigidly."
Author: Anita Desai
3. "All writing is rubbish. People who try to free themselves from what is vague in order to state precisely whatever is going on in their minds are producing rubbish. The whole literary tribe is a pack of rubbish mongers, especially today. All those who have landmarks in their minds, I mean in a certain part of their heads, in well-defined sites in their skulls, all those who are masters of language, all those for whom words have meaning, all those for whom the soul has its heights and thought its currents, those who are the spirits of the times, and who have given names to these currents of thought—I am thinking of their specific tasks, and of that mechanical creaking their minds produce at every gust of wind—are rubbish mongers."
Author: Antonin Artaud
4. "If I'm not writing songs about things I've actually been through, it ruins the idea of making music to me."
Author: Austin Carlile
5. "Writing is so wrapped up in ego, but with math one is just trying to get it right, although you're often wrong. I think math helped me become a good critic of myself, come at writing a little less personally."
Author: Bonnie Jo Campbell
6. "You can only look forward to a South Dakota winter if, as with childbirth, remodeling a house, or writing a novel, you're able to forget how bad it was the last time."
Author: Dan O'Brien
7. "The maid found a handkerchief of hers, under the bed in which she had died. A ring that had been missing turned up in his own writing desk. A tradesman arrived with fabric she had ordered three weeks ago. Each day, some further evidence of a task half-finished,a scheme incomplete. He found a novel,with her place marked.And this is it."
Author: Hilary Mantel
8. "All of my writing career is about how human beings negotiate dark matter."
Author: Janette Turner Hospital
9. "In writing non-fiction about people who are living, you are always walking a fine line, carrying a burden to be fair that, in my opinion, should always be there."
Author: Jonathan Coleman
10. "What's wrong with writing about love? Everybody longs for love."
Author: Kate Forsyth
11. "So writing is a very, very difficult position to obtain... and retain."
Author: Leon Uris
12. "A lot of teenagers write to me and say "I want to write a book. I want to get published." And those are two very different things. For the first one, that you want to write a book, I think is an excellent idea and you should totally do that because teenagers who want to write, you should be writing. You should be writing all the time like a maniac. Don't worry about the second bit, just yet because A. You need a lot of practice. You need to do it for, I'm not kidding, years. And then once you are published, it's a business. It's a job. Plus, every author I know was that teenager who sat in their room and read and wrote. That's who becomes an author, but that's what you have to do for a while before you become an author."
Author: Maureen Johnson
13. "We were given clear concrete tools. The course did a great job demystifying the art of fiction writing and fostering confidence. The instructor brought complex concepts down to earth. I will miss coming here every week."
Author: Miguel Ferrer
14. "Because at this time, in this place, Chinese writing exhibits symptoms of a mental disorder."
Author: Murong Xuecun
15. "I write only if I feel like it and only on a subject I feel like writing about - and the reader is no fool. So I use procrastination as a message from my inner self and my deep evolutionary past to resist interventionism in my writing.Yet some psychologists and behavioral economists seem to think that procrastination is a disease to be remedied and cured."
Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
16. "I've been writing and composing songs since I was 5 years old."
Author: Olivia D'Abo
17. "I watched TV religiously when I was a kid, but nowadays - with the Internet - there's so many people writing about TV on the Internet, that everything's sort of under a magnifying glass."
Author: Oscar Nunez
18. "It takes writing a billion bad words before you get to the good ones."
Author: Ray Bradbury
19. "One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. This is like dressing up a household pet in evening clothes. The pet is embarrassed and the person who committed this act of premeditated cuteness should be even more embarrassed."
Author: Stephen King
20. "A pencil is an extension of a finger writing in the sand. But our electronic media are extensions of our brains."
Author: Susan Maushart
21. "I like writing songs - I keep saying that one day I'll do something with them, but I haven't yet."
Author: Tom Conti
22. "The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis."
Author: William Styron

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