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I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell,
by Ann Patchett

I don't write for an audience, I don't think whether my book will sell,
I don't sell it before I finish writing it.
- Ann Patchett

Part of it is living in Tennessee.
I'm so out of the loop.
And as a person, I'm out of the loop.
I'm oblivious by nature.
- Ann Patchett

I think people become consumed with selling a book
when they need to be consumed with writing it.
- Ann Patchett

People gave me such a bad time about wanting a baby.
I didn't want a baby, and I still don't.
I wanted a dog.
- Ann Patchett

 

I can write for any magazine now, in any voice.
I can do it in two hours, I could do it in my sleep,
it's like writing a grocery list.
- Ann Patchett

Write because you love the art and the discipline,
not because you're looking to sell something.
- Ann Patchett

Well, I always say that the two things I was most disastrous at in my life,
being a teenager and being a wife, were the two things
I really wound up cashing in on when I was writing fluffy magazine pieces.
- Ann Patchett

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I was very influenced by The Magic Mountain.
It's a book that had a huge impact on me.
I loved that as a shape for a novel:
put a bunch of people in a beautiful place,
give them all tuberculosis, make them all stay in a
fur sleeping bag for several years and see what happens.
- Ann Patchett

You see an absolutely brilliant film later,
as an adult, and you walk out thinking about what to have for dinner.
Whereas something like Jaws winds up having a huge effect on me.
If only my parents had been taking me to Kurosawa films when I was eight,
but no.
- Ann Patchett

Praise and criticism seem to me to operate exactly on the same level.
If you get a great review, it's really thrilling for about ten minutes.
If you get a bad review, it's really crushing for ten minutes.
Either way, you go on.
- Ann Patchett

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Write it on your heart that every day
is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

Always speak the truth,
think before you speak,
and write it down afterwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Do not save your loving speeches
For your friends till they are dead;
Do not write them on their tombstones,
Speak them rather now instead.
- Anna Cummins

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
- Winston Churchill

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When I write software, I know that it will fail,
either due to my own mistake, or due to some other cause.
- Wietse Venema

It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak
or write very often about his job.
It releases tension needed for his work.
- Henry Moore

A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

Writers write.
Dreamers talk about it.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Golf is a game in which you yell "fore,"
shoot six,
and write down five.
- Paul Harvey

If you can speak what you will never hear,
if you can write what you will never read,
you have done rare things.
- Henry David Thoreau

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Always write angry letters to your enemies.
Never mail them.
- James Fallows

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.
- Larry Wall

I don't think anyone should write their autobiography
until after they're dead.
- Samuel Goldwyn

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.
- Edgar Allan Poe

The man who has done his level best...
is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
- B. C. Forbes

I did not have a chance to write novels until my youngest
child started school fulltime.
- Anne McCaffrey

On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived.'
- Earl Weaver

It is a fact often observed,
that men have written good verses
under the inspiration of passion,
who cannot write well under other circumstances.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can't talk about anything or write about anything
if I don't understand it.
So a lot of the stuff that I go through and a lot of
the time that I spend is understanding.
- Alton Brown

When you write a song, a song has longevity.
- Smokey Robinson

I know what my job is: I write the songs,
I sing them, I play them on the piano.
- Fiona Apple

I can write music but I'm not much for words.
- Jim Diamond

We do not write in order to be understood;
we write in order to understand.
- C. Day Lewis

I started to write a new editor not too long ago and
had it about half done after two days.
- Bill Joy

Freddie and Brian tend to write the majority of the material.
- John Deacon

I believe that it is my job not only to write books
but to have them published.
A book is like a child.
You have to defend the life of a child.
- George Konrad

I store away my experiences and don't feel really happy
until I've found a way to write about them.
- Len Deighton

For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can.
Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can.
- Ernest Hemingway

I write first for myself as a therapeutic process,
to get stuff out and to deal with it.
- Lucinda Williams

I refuse to confide and don't like it when people write about art.
- Balthus

The fact that we write about it doesn't mean we play
better than ordinary players at all.
- Al Alvarez

I'm just a landscape painter.
I look out the window and I see what's going on,
and I paint it.
While I'm painting it, I also write thoughts about
what I see going on out there.
- William Wiley

I play the piano a lot at home.
I write songs on the piano and guitar.
I would like to actually play piano on stage.
I don't think I'll get the chance for a while.
- Mick Taylor

I have no ghost writers.
I personally write every message and every piece of published mail.
- David Wilkerson

I think the reason working-class people don't write
books is because they are encouraged to believe that
only certain people are permitted to write books.
- Len Deighton

I had no idea that he was going to write that,
but I've always believed that insecurity was what would
keep you always in your innocence,
no matter what the business did.
- Sally Kirkland

I write 2,000 words a day when I write.
It sometimes takes three hours, it sometimes takes five hours.
- Nicholas Sparks

The last time somebody said, 'I find I can write much
better with a word processor.',
I replied, 'They used to say the same thing about drugs.'
- Roy Blount, Jr.

It does me good to write a letter which is not a response to a demand,
a gratuitous letter, so to speak, which has accumulated
in me like the waters of a reservoir.
- Henry Miller

I write in the studio.
- Macy Gray

Being a songwriter does not rely on an audience or
other band members or a camera.
I can just sit in a room and write songs.
- Rick Springfield

Don't let your mouth write a check that your tail can't cash.
- Bo Diddley

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

Titles are not only important, they are essential for me.
I cannot write without a title.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

One tends to write beyond what's needed.
- James Schuyler

I know.
I'm lazy.
But I made myself a New Years resolution that I would
write myself something really special.
Which means I have 'til December, right?
- Catherine O'Hara

If I waited till I felt like writing,
I'd never write at all.
- Anne Tyler

Obsession led me to write.
It's been that way with every book I've ever written.
I become completely consumed by a theme,
by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.
- Anne Rice

I always wanted to write something illustrated,
and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity.
- Rick Moody

I write poetry in order to live more fully.
- Judith Rodriguez

You don't want to write your own opinion,
you don't want to just represent yourself,
but represent yourself through someone else.
- Michael Ondaatje


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