Saturday, 23 November 2013

Writers / Writing


A bad book is as much of a labour to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul. - Aldous Huxley

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit. - Richard Bach

A writer only becomes a true writer by practising his craft, by experimenting constantly with language, as a great artist may experiment with clay or oils until the medium becomes second nature, to be moulded however the artist may desire. - Christabel Lamotte

A writer writes not because he is educated but because he is driven by the need to communicate. Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood. - Leo Rosten

All there is to writing is having ideas. To learn to write is to learn to have ideas. - Robert Frost

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. - Socrates

Habits in writing as in life are only useful if they are broken as soon as they cease to be advantageous. - William Somerset Maugham

I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living. - Anne Lindbergh

If there's a book you want to read but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it. - Toni Morrison

If you write a page a day, you will be an author of a thick book in a year. Great results will take shape when small efforts are continually put in over time. - Unknown

In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fiction parts should be printed in red ink, the fact parts in black ink. - Catherine Drinker Bowen

Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped. - Lillian Hellman

Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell. - William Strunk

One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. - Annie Dillard

Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Start writing a new chapter, for if you live by the book you’ll never make history. - Ben Sobel

Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book. - Mickey Spillane

The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s neurosis. - William Styron

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination. - James A. Michener

The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything. - Walter Bagehot

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way. - Richard Harding Davis

The waste basket is the writer's best friend. - Isaac Singer

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything. - John Irving

There are two kinds of writers; those that make you think, and those that make you wonder. - Brian Aldiss

To write simply is as difficult as to be good. - William Somerset Maugham

To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself. - Anne Rice

To write what is worth publishing, to find honest people to publish it, and get sensible people to read it, are the three great difficulties in being an author. - Charles Colton 

Two sorts of writers possess genius: those who think, and those who cause others to think. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

When asked, "How do you write?" I invariably answer, "one word at a time."  - Stephen King

When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. - Enrique Jardiel Poncela

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism; but when you take it from many writers, it's research. - Wilson Mizner

Write a wise saying and your name will live forever. - Unknown

Write what you like, then imbue it with life and make it unique by blending in your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex, and work. - Stephen King

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders. - Walter Bagehot

Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories. - Mario Vargas Llosa

Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn’t wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say. - Sharon O'Brien

Writing is the supreme solace. - William Somerset Maugham

Writing when properly managed, is but a different name for conversation. - Laurence Sterne

You can’t write about people out of textbooks, and you can’t use jargon. You have to speak clearly and simply and purely in a language that a six-year-old child can understand; and yet have the meanings and the overtones of language, and the implications, that appeal to the highest intelligence. - Katherine Anne Porter

You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

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