Quotation Explorer - 'Writers'

I think my knowledge of music theory is rooted in jazz theory, and a lot of the writers of standards Rodgers and Hart, and Gershwin. - Zooey Deschanel
Children's reading and children's thinking are the rock-bottom base upon which this country will rise. Or not rise. In these days of tension and confusion, writers are beginning to realize that books for children have a greater potential for good or evil than any other form of literature on earth. - Dr. Seuss
I sometimes think it is because they are so bad at expressing themselves verbally that writers take to pen and paper in the first place - Gore Vidal
Writers are also sort of like vultures, but with fewer ethics. - Libba Bray
I believe that writers, unless they consider themselves terribly exquisite, are at heart people who live by night, a little bit outside society, moving between delinquency and conformity. - Guillermo Cabrera Infante
Everybody is born with a little bit of writer in them. We all come with the desire to work hard to see our creations come to life on the page. But it is those who choose to do something about this passion that has been ignited inside of them that are true writers. - Brian A. McBride
Writers see the world differently. Every voice we hear, every face we see, every hand we touch could become story fabric. - Buffy Andrews
I don't think writers need to be insane. Just crazy. - Rayne Hall
The greatest writers are the ones not afraid to share their heartbreak and pain for the world to read.They are fearless and freely in sharing their heart to heal other wounds with their story. - Tamyara Brown
To all you writers, artists, musicians, creative types who want to give up: It's okay to walk away for a bit. Get your second wind. But your writing, art, music will be there, lurking over your shoulder, and it will call to you, and you will answer. And come back even stronger. - Kathleen M. Rodgers
Writers are liars trying to come clean. That’s why the best ones are the most tragic. - Anthony Marais
It is a great paradox and a great injustice that writers write because we fear death and want to leave something indestructible in our wake and, at the same time, are drawn to all the things that kill: whiskey and cigarettes, unprotected sex, and deep-fried burritos. - Ariel Gore
Writers are like tricksters. Their words lure us to embark on journeys and unlock our emotions. - Ogwo David Emenike
Words exist in the smile on your face, the life in your eyes, the passion in your soul, and those beautiful and open enough to recognize it. THAT is a writers haven - Dawn Garcia
I prefer dead writers because you don't run into them at parties. - Fran Lebowitz
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have a mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a bunch of happy chuckleheads. - William Styron
My best advice to writers is get yourself born in an interesting place. - Pierre Berton
Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing.... For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day. - Ernest Hemingway
Writers block occurs when a writer has nothing to say. Unfortunately not all writers experience it. - Ron Brackin
Writers are creatures of habit, as are humans, but writers aren’t necessarily human, are they? - Alyssa Hubbard
Over the years, we met every kind of person imaginable. But no one makes worse first impressions than writers. - Brian K. Vaughan
When people talk to themselves they should listen more. That's how writers are born. - Marty Rubin
We writers are a crazy group. I can't think of any other profession where the actual work is deep within, uncomfortable, and wanting out. - C.J. Heck
Scotland consistently produces world-class writers. - Sara Sheridan
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. - Jane Yolen
I think it's important to remember that writers do not have a monopoly of wisdom on their books. They can be wrong about their own books, they can often learn about their own books - China Miéville
The Horror Writers Podcast, horror is awesome check out them. - Deyth Banger
Writers are in many ways like demi-gods. With one stroke of a pen they can give life to a character, or strike them from existence, with nary a twinge of grief at their passing. - Steven Lake
The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone's neurosis, and we'd have mighty dull literature if all the writers that came along were a happy bunch of chuckleheads. - William Styron
The only impeccable writers are those who never wrote. - William Hazlitt
When words lose their meaning, physical force takes over.from an essay for Writers by Nancy Crampton - W.H. Auden
Thought for the day: Twitter...140 character limit...must be a great tool for fortune cookie writers... - E.A. Bucchianeri
Actors are good liars, writers are good liars with good memories. - Daniel Keys Moran
Where are they, the American fiction writers whose works are interested in the question What do these people have to do with us? and What are we doing out there in the world? - Kamila Shamsie
Writers are interesting people, but often mean and petty. - Lillian Hellman
We make a home for ourselves, every time we work on something: actors, writers, singers, building these little nests in our gypsy souls, in place of the ones we so seldom seem to make in our own lives. And then suddenly it's over, and we have to start again. - Alan Brennert
Two kinds of writers. One treats the world as if it were fiction; the other treats fiction as if it were the world. - Marty Rubin
I think writers are the most narcissistic people. Well, I musn't say this, I like many of them, a great many of my friends are writers. - Sylvia Plath
I write every day whether somebody pays me or not. I write every day whether or not self-doubt is kicking my ass. It's what writers must do. - Don Roff
Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy - which many believe goes hand in hand with it - will be dead as well. - Margaret Atwood
I was at a party in 1989 and Ian McEwan, Martin Amis and Salman Rushdie were sitting on a sofa wondering where the next generation of great British writers would come from. As we talked, it became clear they had never read a word by me. - Jeanette Winterson
Writers don’t write about just anybody. - A.D. Posey
Some writers are born. Others learn. I was born a writer but have a lot to learn. - Donna Lynn Hope
The people I've known who wanted to become writers, knowing what it meant, did become writers. - John Gardner
Writers are nothing more than borderline schizophrenics who are able to control the voices. - Jennifer Salaiz
Basically, writers write because they have something to say...Everyone has a story in them, writers merely decide to share it with the world... - Virginia Alison
Most writers regard the truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are economical in its use. - Mark Twain
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Writers are, as a profession, nothing if not eccentric. - Sara Sheridan
Writers leave a trail of magic everywhere they go. - Jo Linsdell
Books that teach us to dance: There are writers who, by portraying the impossible as possible, and by speaking of morality and genius as if both were high-spirited freedom, as if man were rising up on tiptoe and simply had to dance out of inner pleasure. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Unlike most fine writers, he wasn't in love with his own words. - Douglas Brinkley
Outlines are the last resource of bad fiction writers who wish to God they were writing masters' theses. - Stephen King
You can live with me in this house I've built out of writers blocks. - Pete Wentz
Writers Block? Get out and have fun. Love yourself. No use frowning and buying anti-wrinkle cream after. - Juan Morris
Writing the same kind of material is no guarantee you'll be working from the same ethos so that writers from different fields are just as likely to have an understanding of each other's work as someone working in the same genre. - Sara Sheridan
Writers really don't retire, you know. They have to be taken out and shot. - James Salter
You learn to write by writing, and by reading and thinking about how writers have created their characters and invented their stories. If you are not a reader, don't even think about being a writer. - Jean M. Auel
I didn’t know that painters and writers retired. They’re like soldiers they just fade away. - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The difference between writers and readers is similar to the difference between expressionism and impressionism. Writers want to express themselves and readers want to be impressed. - Claire Amber
I know a lot of writers, and everyone works differently, but this is something that we truly have in common across all genres - the fiction has to be real inside your head. - Sara Sheridan
No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers. - Laurie Colwin
The truth is, we don't have an easy language for emotional life. That's why we have writers. - Susie Orbach
Sadly, there are writers who wouldn't know an umlaut from an omelet. - Kevin Ansbro
Give yourself to reading.’... You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works,especially the Puritanic writers, and expositions of the Bible. - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Some writers aren't writers, they are mere escapees' and refugees' on an exile from the jungle of thoughts. - Michael Bassey Johnson
All writers have this vague hope that the elves will come in the night and finish any stories. - Neil Gaiman
Having writers block sucks more than my actual writing. And my writing would be astonishing if I could write how I feel. - Ally Spina
Writers have two main problems. One is writer's block, when the words won't come at all and the other is logorrhea, when the words come so fast that they can hardly get to the wastebasket in time.
The most enviable writers are those who, quite often unanalytically and unconsciously, have realized that there are different facets to their nature and are able to live and work with now one, now another, in the ascendant. - Dorothea Brande
People should know better than to be an ass in front of writers. We immortalize things. Lots of things. And we take liberties with character descriptions. - Michelle M. Pillow
Writers are people whose words speak louder than their actions. - Shon Mehta
The only difference between writers and people who don't write is that writers aren't afraid to display their demons. - Carla H. Krueger
There are more writers who read than readers who write. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Some writers write about love; some writers write with love. - Debasish Mridha
You know how writers are... they create themselves as they create their work. Or perhaps they create their work in order to create themselves. - Orson Scott Card
Writers often torture themselves trying to get the words right. Sometimes you must lower your expectations and just finish it. - Don Roff
Real writers are those who want to write, need to write, have to write. - Robert Penn Warren
The average buyer in bookshop spends 8 seconds on the front cover and 15 seconds on the back cover before deciding whether to purchase the book or not. On average, he does not get past page 18. See? The odds are stacked against us writers! - Ashwin Sanghi
Writers fly with imaginary wings. - Melody Robinette
The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing. - Alan Dean Foster
One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers.
Writing might never be an easy act, but with TBL, writers don’t have to go at it alone. - Tethered by Letters
The only way to write is to write. Writers write. And when they’ve written, they write some more. - Jasper Fforde
Writers say two things that strike me as nonsense. One is that you must follow an absolute schedule everyday. If you're not writing well, why continue it? I just don't think this grinding away is useful. - Edmund White
Characters have to be seen and felt when written, not told about. Writers are merely vessels of their manifestations. - Linda Durbin
Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties."(Interview in Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton, 1988) - John Irving
A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard -- by stealing what he has a taste for, and can carry off - Archibald MacLeish
It is impossible to discourage the real writers - they don't give a damn what you say, they're going to write. - Sinclair Lewis
Come writers and criticsWho prophesize with your penAnd keep your eyes wideThe chance won't come againAnd don't speak too soonFor the wheel's still in spinAnd there's no tellin' whoThat it's namin'For the loser nowWill be later to winFor the times they are a-changin'. - Bob Dylan
I don't get writers block. I get writer has too many ideas and doesn't know which one to start next, block. - Tyler Hojberg
As a writer one is allowed to have conversations with oneself. What is considered sane in writers is made for the rest of the human race. - Alan Ayckbourn
Writers cleave together like a demonic AA group - we are singularly able to dance with each other's devils... - J.D. Young
What I adore is supreme professionalism. I’m bored by writers who can write only when it’s raining. - Noël Coward
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves. - Aldous Huxley
Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters. - A. Lee Martinez
If you want to know a country, read its writers. - Aminatta Forna
If you’re dating a writer and they don’t write about you whether it’s good or bad then they don’t love you. They just don’t. Writers fall in love with the people we find inspiring. - Jamie Anne Royce
Writers wake up the world. - A.D. Posey
A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor. - Ring Lardner
Writers don’t get time off. Every moment - waking or sleeping - a writer is working, observing, thinking and creating. - Graeme Roberts
The greatest writers have persistence. - Gina B. Nahai
Writers and other artists are mostly just historians, produced by nature to describe, decipher and thus historically represent the universe. - Robert Black
There are two kinds of writers; those that make you think and those that make you wonder. - Brian W. Aldiss
Writers are never fully present because they’re always imagining a different version of the way things are happening; imagining the past in a different way, imagining the present in a different way, imagining the future in a different way. - Jessica Soffer
Happy children do not seem to grow up to be writers. - Piers Anthony
Writers are born, not created. - Tim Campbell
I wonder why people so commonly suppose that if two individuals are both writers they must therefore be hugely congenial," said Anne, rather scornfully. "Nobody would expect two blacksmiths to be violently attracted toward each other merely because they were both blacksmiths. - L.M. Montgomery
There is an audience for everything; our job as writers is to do the work and provide readers with a choice. - Elizabeth Hernandez
Writers get to construct a magical world that readers can visit in thought and extend their stay with imagination. - Sandra Alex
How do you write? You write, man, you write, that’s how…If you practice an art faithfully it will make you wise, and most writers can use a little wising up. - William Saroyan
Writers begin with a grain of sand, and then create a beach. - Robert Black
Writers do not find subjects; subjects find them. - Elizabeth Bowen
I did what most writers do at their beginnings: emulated my elders, imitated my peers, thus turning away from any possibility of discovering truths beneath my skin and behind my eye. - Ray Bradbury
Writers should cut as close to the vein as possible. The readers don't want to be covered in your warm sticky blood, but they want to come as close to it as possible. - Robert Black
Our effectiveness depends on our capacity to be audacious and astute, clear and appealing. I would hope that we can create a language more fearless and beautiful than that used by conformist writers to greet the twilight. - Eduardo Galeano
Writers are always anxious, always on the run--from the telephone, from responsibilities, from the distractions of the world. - Edna O'Brien
All the best writers take risks, offend people often and say fuck you to the critics. - Carla H. Krueger
Every well-written book is a light for me. When you write, you use other writers and their books as guides in the wilderness. - Kate DiCamillo
Language imparts identity, meaning, and perspective to our human condition. Writers are either polluters or part of the cleanup. - Mary Pipher
We need writers who fear nothing. ("Our Goal") - Yevgeny Zamyatin
it's been my experience that most writers don't talk about their craft--they just do it - Alfred Lansing
Writers don't forget the past; they turn it into raw material. - Joyce Rachelle
People who label erotica writers as sluts/men-whores remind me of the mob that once condemned smart women as witches. Mankind has not evolved much. - Anna Bayes
I think people want their illusions and writers are mostly illusion. When you read their words, you read a flattened, incomplete version of the writer. - Gordon Atkinson
At least one study of blocked writers has found that they were more productive and more creative when they were essentially forced to write instead of scribbling only when the mood struck them. - Daniel Akst
Writers don't have bad life days; they just have good research days. - Julie Wright
Writers don't get mad they get even in their novels. - Candace C. Bowen
The artists are the most powerful ones, the creators, first are the painters, working without words, second are the music composers, and third are the writers. - Robert Black
Foolish writers and readers are created for each other. - Horace Walpole
Most writers deserve the reputation posterity has bestowed upon them: You can’t for long conceal the toxic spots on your character—Philip Larkin is Exhibit A—nor can you conceal your dignity, your humanism, your regard for veracity and freedom. - William Giraldi
Writers are a product of where we come from but by looking at alternatives to the culture in which we live, we can find ways to change and hopefully improve it. - Sara Sheridan
Writers write while dreamers procastinate. - Besa Kosova
...if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
I before E except after C. Weird?By rebelling against the rules the word itself denotes its very meaning: of strange or extraordinary character, odd, fantastic.I think all writers are weird. - Day Parker
The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it. - Ernest Hemingway
Writers cannot choose their own mood: with them it is not always hide-tide, nor --thank Heaven!--always Storm. - Charlotte Brontë
Writers are not narcissists. They simply acknowledge that what they find interesting is not unique to them. - M Chapman
Horror. I can't manage it. I become--well--horrified. Self-help books have a similar effect. When asked, "Any literary genre you simply can't be bothered with?" - (By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from the NYT Book Review, by Pamela Paul) - Emma Thompson
Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum. - Paulo Coelho
Dostoevsky was made by being sent to Siberia. Writers are forged in injustice as a sword is forged. - Ernest Hemingway
Writers live twice. - —Natalie Goldberg
In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. Writers who have neither product utopian trash.
As many political writers have pointed out, commitment to political equality is not an empirical claim that people are clones. - Steven Pinker
Writers whose thoughts are expressed with clarity and precision are assumed by readers to be superficial. Where the meaning is obscured, then readers give more attention and consider the fruit of their labour more valuable - Friedrich Nietzsche
Writers need faith, or else we can never trust the action of our words! - Leslie Austin
It is the duty of every generation of writers and artists to find fresh ways of expressing the habitual circumstances of the human condition. To serve up the lukewarm remains of yesterdays dinner is easy, profitable and popular, (for a while). It is also wrong. - Jeanette Winterson
History isn't written by the winners OR the losers; it's written by the writers. - Alan C. Baird
Almost all great writers have as their motif, more or less disguised, the passage from childhood to maturity, the clash between the thrill of expectation and the disillusioning knowledge of truth. 'Lost Illusion' is the undisclosed title of every novel. - André Maurois
Many writers make the mistake of making their readers appear like Lazarus, without any iota of care, throwing down books to readers to crunch as if they are dogs. - Michael Bassey Johnson
Writers Are Insane. For months we are lone wolves locked in our caves. Then overnight we become publicity hounds. It's a schizophrenic business. - Robert Mykle
The best writers I've read possess oodles of self-doubt, yet claw their way up with each work and remain humble. Boastful ones, not so much. - Don Roff
Writers don't write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don't. ...If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy. - Nikki Giovanni
We, writers & poets, have a big problem. We swim too deep inside life, also in shallow waters, and then we end touching the sand! - Rossana Condoleo
Books are the ultimate way for writers to reach immortality. - Iris Chang
...so I think writers are made and not born. But what you choose to write is buried so deeply inside it's like lodestones inside you and sooner or later you come near something that you're supposed to be doing with your life and it's like a magnet. It attracts. - Stephen King
Too many writers are trying to write with too shallow an education. Whether they go to college or not is immaterial...a good writer needs a sense of the history of literature to be successful as a writer. - James Kisner
If you want to be a good writer, internalize the good writers; absorb them; integrate with their souls; embrace their minds; mingle with their life stories; in short, merge with them, lose yourself in them! - Mehmet Murat ildan
All great writers share one thing in common:They finished their books. - M. Kirin
Character and Plot...Character and PlotSome writers have it and some do notThis I'll tell you BrotherYou can't have one without the other - Johnny Flora
Crime writers, I've noticed, can be jumpy. They live in a world where there are murderers on the loose and they haven't been caught yet! - Sara Sheridan
Writers and artists know that ethereal moment, when just one, fleeting something--a chill, an echo, the click of a lamp, a question—-ignites the flame of an entire work that blazes suddenly into consciousness. - Nadine C. Keels
If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. - Dorothy Parker
Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. - T.S. Eliot
Even writers need relief from words. - Sarah Vowell
I think writers, by nature, are more observers instead of participators. - Ian Hunter
Writers are the biggest liars, only the best. - Marty Rubin
Good writers can't die. Their words live on forever. - Kensington Gore
Writers seek to create order out of the chaos of everyday life, and to extract meaning from both the tragic and the mundane - Hope Edelman
Artists, especially writers, great writers, are the most honest people I know. There are deep confessions in their words. And if we're strong enough to expose the spaces between them, we find truths there also. - Darnell Lamont Walker
I hope that, whatever happens within the publishing industry, because of the increased control writers have of their own careers, better sales information and the advent of the internet, that ultimately this change in our working environment will be a change for the better. - Sara Sheridan
Not all writers are silently suffering inside. But it certainly helps. - Joyce Rachelle
Writers are sponges. They absorb life, then squeeze and ring it out onto a page. Sometimes, if they squeeze too hard, they dry up. Not hard enough and they remain saturated, heavy and unpredictable, as they carry around a volume of ideas too great for their capacity. - Sarah Colliver
I'm kind of hooked to the game of art and literature; my heroes are artists and writers. - Jim Morrison
I always wanted to be a writer, and I always wrote something stories, poetry, articles, newsletters, letters. Most writers can't help themselves! It's a compulsion. - Marina Oliver
I am always chilled and astonished by the would-be writers who ask me for advice and admit, quite blithely, that they "don't have time to read." This is like a guy starting up Mount Everest saying that he didn't have time to buy any rope or pitons. - Stephen King
The point is, whether or not they show it at dinner parties, writers learn, by a necessity of their trade, to be the sharpest of observers. - John Gardner
I think there are writers who take a quieter approach to their work one that is just about respectfully showing up for your vocation day after day, steadily doing your best, and letting go of the results. Not going to war against anyone else, or against their talents, or against themselves. - Elizabeth Gilbert
(M)ysteries in fiction are seldom as insoluble as those in life, as most writers can't resist the lure of omniscience. - Dennis McFadden
Writers are vaccuum cleaners who suck up other people's lives and weave them into stories like a sparrow builds a nest from scraps. - Garrison Keillor
True writers have a lot more invested in the way they've written their books than in what those books happen to be about. - Po Bronson
Writers don't just create pages in a novel, but depth to worlds that become a safe haven for those who wish to escape the reality of their own. - T.J. Mihaila
In matters of good-lookingness, we writers are the ugliest of the bunch, and normally our appearance is akin to that of someone investigating a crime scene; though the women in American writing keep producing world-class beauty in droves, and there are many breathtaking writers among them. - Pat Conroy
All writers begin as readers, and the ones worth reading continue life as more prolific readers than writers. - Thomas Swick
We need new writers to create roles where women are morall central to the story. I grew up indentifying with Marlon Brando. It's time we created new myths.
That's the trouble with good writers. Only the bad ones make you want to do the human thing and look away. - Nick Hornby
Writers aren't exactly people...they're a whole lot of people trying to be one person. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Writers will happen in the best of families. - Rita Mae Brown
Big writers become a kind of shared climate. - Adam Gopnik
Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background. He just didn’t know he was a novelist. All those damn psychiatrists after him, they didn’t know he was a novelist either."(Interview in Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews, Eighth Series, ed. George Plimpton, 1988) - John Irving
People have many cruel expectations from writers. People expect novelists to live on a hill with three kids and a spouse, people expect children's story writers to never have sex, and people expect all great poets to be dead. And these are all very difficult expectations to fulfill, I think. - C. JoyBell C.
Most people carry their demons around with them, buried down deep inside. Writers wrestle their demons to the surface, fling them onto the page, then call them characters. - C.K. Webb
All writers are different, each have their own artist way they go about telling a story. The only thing they have in common, is they write. - Lori Lesko
Writers start with a grain of sand, and then create a beach. - Robert Black
In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment. - Pliny the Elder
This is a little secret that all writers share: We have two lives; the one we live on Earth and the one we live in our books. - Chrys Fey
Writers have a well-deserved reputation for being eccentric. Everything you've heard is true. - Sara Sheridan
I don't think writers should write about answers. I think writers should write about questions. - Paul Haggis
Those of our writers who have possessed a vivid personal talent have been paralyzed by a want of social background. - Van Wyck Brooks
I never could understand why some writers treat women as helpless. Every woman I know is strong in her own unique way. - Terry Goodkind
Writers are not just writers, they are creators of worlds, sculptors of the mind, they are architects of language. - Jamie L. Harding
Elegant writers depict intricacy with simplicity. - Coco J. Ginger
Many existing top 20 Scottish writers have flourished in part because of good turns done by institutions, arts community, libraries and bookshops. - Sara Sheridan
The great writers are great as they have big workshop of imagination. - Kishore Bansal
The whole world's writing novels, but nobody's reading them. We need readers. More readers. Fewer writers. - Robert Galbraith
Writers, when they’re good, open windows to worlds held precious and priceless by the soul. It is a sad day when they leave the earth, like having the windows shut for good. Where will the world be without good writers? - Psyche Roxas-Mendoza
Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about. - W.H. Auden
Why do writers write? Because it isn't there. - Thomas Berger
Writers are often given the gift of being spectacularly unhappy, so that they can record the full depth of feeling. - Grace Bridges
When writers die they become books, which is, after all, not too bad an incarnation."[As attributed by Alastair Reid in Neruda and Borges, The New Yorker, June 24, 1996; as well as in The Talk of the Town, The New Yorker, July 7, 1986] - Jorge Luis Borges
Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard. - Daphne du Maurier
That's typically what writers do; we just sit around complaining most of the time. And the better things are going, the more they complain. - Markus Zusak
Writers need each other. - Sara Sheridan
One of the amusements of idleness is reading without the fatigue of attention, and the world, therefore, swarms with writers whose wish is not to be studied but to be read.
Writers do not have the privilege of sleep. There is always a story coming alive in their heads, constantly composing. Whether they choose it or not. - Coco J. Ginger
Any writer of horror needs to at least have a good, solid love of the genre. Also, good horror writers need to have a slightly twisted sense of humor. Without humor, horror just isn’t as good. - Alistair Cross
Don't let yourself be amazed by the imagination of a writer and his words, writers are almost all the time in a love-hate relationship with words. - Nema Al-Araby
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited. - Jorge Luis Borges
Writers are alphabet artists. The blank page becomes their canvas as they paint pictures with words. - Barbara Case Speers
The artist doesn't have time to listen to the critics. The ones who want to be writers read the reviews, the ones who want to write don't have the time to read reviews. - William Faulkner
Though often scoffed at by serious writers, science fiction worms its way into our cultural psyche in interesting ways, and not just as predictors of technology. Many of these writers translate the –isms of our times into imagined futures populated with characters coping with the consequences. - Frank Daniels III
Life has a vendetta against writers. It does everything in it's power to get in the way of our craft. Maybe it thinks we embellish too much? - Hannah Harding
I do believe that characters in novels belong to their writers and their readers pretty equally. I've learned a lot of things about the characters I write from people who read about them. Readers expand them in ways I don't think of and take them to places I can't go. - Ann Brashares
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite. - Edward Albee
There is little pride in writers. They know they are human and shall some day die and be forgotten. Knowing all this a writer is gentle and kindly where another man is severe and unkind. - William Saroyan
For writers it is always said that the first twenty years of life contain the whole of experience the rest is observation - Graham Greene
Novelists and the literary world play an important part in shaping languages. The Swahili they write influence the readers and their languages. The literary obstacle in Tanzania is not that people do not read, but that they don’t read because there are no interesting writers. - Enock Maregesi
The new contract between writers and readers is one I'm prepared to sign up to. I've met some fascinating people at events and online. Down with the isolation of writers I say! And long live Twitter. - Sara Sheridan
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers. - Steven Spielberg
The best writers tend to look the roughest in photos. At least that's the excuse I use for why I look so bad in mine. - R.D. Ronald
Only the writers can change or fix the past by going back to edit old works - Munia Khan
As individuals, great writers from Villon to Diderot to Voltaire toRousseau to Byron or Shelley have often shown themselves to beirresponsible, selfish, mean or sometimes even cowardly people. Their lives were drab or self destructive or reckless.We read them for their Words, not for their deeds. - Max Vegaritter
Fahrenheit 451 is one of those books that is about how amazing books are and how amazing the people who write books are. Writers love writing books like this, and for some reason, we let them get away with it. - Josh Lieb
For obviously the advantage for most writers is that no one sees them. The writer is invisible, which confers power. - Joyce Carol Oates
Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that but you are the only you. - Neil Gaiman
Writers more interested in literature than the truth ensure that they never come out with either thing one reason that the word literature today sounds so fake, as if you were to insist on saying cuisine every time you meant food. Food, as in sustenance, is more like what we have in mind. - The editors n+1
Writers of novels live in a strange world where what's made up is as important as what's real. - Sara Sheridan
I love writing and can't imagine not being able to do it. I want an easy life and if it had been difficult doing it I wouldn't be doing it. I do admire writers who do it even though it costs them. - Iain M. Banks
Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing. - Margaret Chittenden
All writers should be put in a box and thrown in the sea. - Gordon B. Hinckley
I found my God in music and the arts, with writers like Hermann Hesse, and musicians like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter. In some way, in some form, my God was always there, but now I have learned to talk to him. - Eric Clapton
Writers are the exorcists of their own demons. - Mario Vargas Llosa
I'd never be where I am if more successful writers hadn't taken an interest in me and done me a good turn. - Sara Sheridan
I don't know why anyone would be scared of a homeless person. The truly scary people are all the murder mystery writers. They spend all day thinking of the perfect plot on how to kill someone and get away with it. - Shannon L. Alder
Everywhere I go, I am asked if I think university stifles writers. My opinion is that it doesn't stifle enough of them. - Flannery O'Connor
Writers seldom choose as friends those self-centered characters who are never in trouble, never make mistakes, and always count their change as it is handed to them. - Catherine Drinker Bowen
Let me tell you one thing about why writers write: had I known the answer to any of these questions I would never have needed to write a novel - Joan Didion
Writers live in the world to write the sacred words. - Lailah Gifty Akita
For the real writers, every decision is either write or wrong. - Richelle E. Goodrich
Start telling the stories that only you can tell. Because there will always be better writers than you, and there will always be smarter writers than you, and there will always be, you know, people who are much better at doing this or doing that, but you are the only you. - Neil Gaiman
As writers, we should remind ourselves, and each other, that Jane Austen and JK Rowling got rejected by publishers, too. - Joanne Van Leerdam
Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals. - John Steinbeck
It's not given even to the greatest writers to tell someone else's story. - Marty Rubin
I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy. - Nikki Giovanni
Great writers teach as well as entertain. - Beem Weeks
When you're a writer, the question people always ask you is, "Where do you get your ideas?" Writers hate this question. It's like asking Humphrey Bogart in The African Queen, "Where do you get your leeches?" You don't get ideas. Ideas get you. - Connie Willis
All writers of confessions from Augustine on down, have always remained a little in love with their sins. - Anatole France
(musicians always make straight for the piano in anybody’s house, unlike writers, who can ignore a typewriter in the same room forever.) -- margaret case harriman - Margaret Harriman
I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether. - Alfred North Whitehead
I know writers who use subtext, and they're all cowards. - Garth Marenghi
I've always loved science fiction. I think the smartest writers are science fiction writers dealing with major things. Associated Press interview, 12-7-11 - Walter Mosley
remember 's First Rule of Writers and Agents, learned by bitter personal experience: You don't need one until you're making enough for someone to steal ... and if you're making that much, you'll be able to take your pick of good agents. - Stephen King
I don’t know any writers who don’t drink. - James Baldwin
My view on writers? We all have the same shovels, but never dig in the same places or to the exact same depth - Carl Henegan
We see and tell about the myriad truths of how the universe is and might be. That's what we writers DO. - Nicohle Christopherson
True writers know that writing is not something they feel required to do,or to make a living they must do, it is quite frankly like breathing. Somecan breathe often and fluently, some short breaths, some a long exhaleand for many of us it is the patient steady breathing surrounding life. - Milissa R. Bailey
Since when did the community become our moral compass—our viability and ethics as writers determined so much by our team spirit? ... What if all this communing actually hurts the primary means by which I set out to participate and communicate—my writing itself? - Meghan Tifft
When dealing with writers it breaks down like this: a regular writer is your average everyday megalomaniac. Like every artist, there's a part of them that believes--nay, knows--the world turns for them. Most are harmless. Some are obnoxious. Some are Bret Easton Ellis. - Hannah Strom-Martin
Some writers may never create a work. Their purpose is to help others create their first word. - Darnell Lamont Walker
Writers are cut open on the page. - A.D. Posey
Writers are like supreme beings. We can create worlds in a matter of days and we can destroy them just as fast. - Linda Nelson
I have always been a huge admirer of my own work. I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know. - Mel Brooks
There are as many different kinds of books as there are writers - as many different responses as there are readers. - Sara Sheridan
Writers are not here to conform. We are here to challenge. We're not here to be comfortable—we're here, really, to shake things up. That's our job. - Jeanette Winterson
I have notice most writers wants your honest opinion but not your true honest opinion, therefore become upset. Sorry, I will always give my true honest opinion... - Lin
Writers write. Everyone else makes excuses. - Jack M. Bickham
I'd represent "Love" when it sued hypocritical writers for abuse. - Natalya Vorobyova
Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them. There's many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. - Flannery O'Connor
Writers should be heard, not seen. - Ama H. Vanniarachchy
In such troubled times, we must remember the value writers have—the value of inventing new language to keep pace with the rapidly transforming world around us. - Jonathan Stalling
Some writers enjoy writing, I am told. Not me. I enjoy having written. - George R.R. Martin
Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight. - Edna Ferber
One of the things everybody seems to want to ask writers is, "Where do you get your ideas?" When people ask me this, my usual response is, "Ideas are the easy part. The hard part is writing them down. - Patricia C. Wrede
Writers aren't exactly people.... They're a whole bunch of people trying to be one person. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for. - Alice Walker
Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders. - Walter Bagehot
Most people keep their dreams to themselves, afraid to follow their hearts. Writers make their dreams a reality with each word, each line that flows from their pen. - C.K. Webb
Understand now, I'm purely a fiction writer and do not profess to be an earnest student of political science, but I believe strongly that such a law as one prohibiting liquor is foolish, and all the writers, keenly interested in human welfare whom I know, laugh at the prohibition law. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Everyone assumes writers spend their time lounging around, writing and occasionally striking a pose whilst having a think. - Sara Sheridan
All that writers can do is keep trying to say what is deepest in their hearts. - Lloyd Alexander
Saturday night is perfect for writers because other people have "plans. - Mike Birbiglia
Perhaps as writers, we too should embrace the concept of wabi-sabi: - J.A. Pak
If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages. - Elaine Liner
Some writers need to sink in order to feel what their characters feel; in order to write their characters with the truest feeling possible. Those closest to those writers end up feeling the effects of that process. It takes a strong person to be with an emphatic writer. - Lori Goodwin
THE THINGS POETS & WRITERS DO THAT I LOVEListen to the AncestorsAcknowledge their influences Trust their gut-feelings and act on themMaintain openness. Play Dance with languagesBe bold Refuse servilityAvoid arroganceEmbrace the unknownLove the journey Respect one’s fellow journeyers - Billy Marshall Stoneking
Remember, it is no sign of weakness or defeat that your manuscript ends up in need of major surgery. This is a common occurrence in all writing, and among the best writers. - William Strunk Jr.
Only a generation of readers will spawn a generation of writers. - Steven Spielberg
Perhaps it is the language that chooses the writers it needs, making use of them so that each might express a tiny part of what it is. - José Saramago
Copywriters, journalists, mainstream authors, ghostwriters, bloggers and advertising creatives have as much right to think of themselves as good writers as academics, poets, or literary novelists. - Sara Sheridan
Be nice to your children. They may grow up to be writers. - Katerina Stoykova Klemer
Some of The Best Writers in The World Died Penniless. - Chris Mentillo
World War I was the most colossal, murderous, mismanaged butchery that has ever taken place on earth. Any writer who said otherwise lied, So the writers either wrote propaganda, shut up, or fought. - Ernest Hemingway
Writers are engineers of human souls. - Yury Olesha
Artists are dishonest creatures really. They foist their version of reality upon us while making it all up. Writers, painters, musicians, auteurs—they’re all the same. - Tom Gething from "Sabotage"
Writers are archeologists of themselves. - Vicki Grove
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