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Writing a book is a very lonely business.
by Mario Vargas Llosa

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

There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Eroticism has its own moral justification because it
says that pleasure is enough for me;
it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship:
that is what is at stake in these elections.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

 

Prosperity or egalitarianism - you have to choose.
I favor freedom - you never achieve real equality anyway:
you simply sacrifice prosperity for an illusion.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

It isn't true that convicts live like animals:
animals have more room to move around.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

If you are killed because you are a writer,
that's the maximum expression of respect,
you know.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

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You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer.
But you can help a young writer discover within himself
what kind of writer he would like to be.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something,
while despair is nothing.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

Since it is impossible to know what's really happening,
we Peruvians lie, invent, dream and take refuge in illusion.
Because of these strange circumstances,
Peruvian life, a life in which so few actually do read,
has become literary.
- Mario Vargas Llosa

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

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

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

I've been writing about James Fenimore Cooper.
He was not a writer.
Here was a man who was 30 years old and had never put
anything more than his signature on paper.
- Leslie Fiedler

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does,
or music.
If you are born knowing them, fine.
If not, learn them.
Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
- Truman Capote

I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing
music and composing music,
but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.
- Bruce Cockburn

Writing is always personal in some way but not always in a direct way.
- Suzanne Vega

We don't perceive a contradiction between writing books,
making films or producing a television program.
These days you can't choose how you want to express yourself anymore.
- Alexander Kluge

No, I have to really focus, especially when I'm writing
because I wanna be good at it.
- Tom Araya

Whether it's string writing or whatever,
I try to write for what each instrumentalist can do best.
- Chuck Mangione

In writing I found something I could do at least as well as my peers,
if not better.
- Brian P. Cleary

Pamphlets on Sabbath writing are in request here I
have been applied to for them by several of the old
Methodists knowing that I had them to sell before.
- John Hawley

I've always looked upon the Ducks as caricature human beings.
Perhaps I've been years writing in that middle world that J.R.R.
Tolkien describes, and never knew it.
- Carl Barks

If you have a craftsman's command of the language and
basic writing techniques you'll be able to write -
as long as you know what you want to say.
- Jeffery Deaver

I am a drinker with writing problems.
- Brendan Behan

Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion,
but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me
it's the home of the extraordinary,
the only home.
- Philip Levine

I have four shelves covered with journals that I've written.
Dad and I are writing songs together.
I've probably written 100 songs.
- Miley Cyrus

Then about 1951 I began writing again,
painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth,
but which developed into The Tree of Man.
- Patrick White

In high school, I won a prize for an essay on tuberculosis.
When I got through writing the essay,
I was sure I had the disease.
- Constance Baker Motley

When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail:
the color a room is painted,
the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain.
- Donna Tartt

I began writing in the 4th grade.
As a matter of fact, I produced a play for the entire school.
It was about Leif Ericson and the discovery of America.
- Christopher Darden

I do think that short story writing is often a matter of luck.
- Robert Sheckley

I'm just writing a story that I want to read.
- Jean M. Auel

If people have bought something of mine,
they know by now that I will decline writing it for the movies.
- Patricia Highsmith

Anarchists prepare for social revolution and use every means-
speech,
writing, or deed, whichever is more to the point -
to accelerate revolutionary development.
- Johann Most

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 Morrow Lindbergh

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice;
journalism what will be grasped at once.
- Cyril Connolly

If you want to study writing, read Dickens.
That's how to study writing, or Faulkner,
or D.H.
Lawrence, or John Keats.
They can teach you everything you need to know about writing.
- Shelby Foote

I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music.
I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun,
and sometimes it helps me with the meter.
- Jack Prelutsky

I get a fine warm feeling when I'm doing well,
but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain
of getting started each day.
Let's face it, writing is hell.
- William Styron

Well, I'd had the Fat Mattress earlier as a writing
outlet for songs and that.
- Noel Redding

For me, writing something down was the only road out.
- Anne Tyler

No critic writing about a film could say more than the film itself,
although they do their best to make us think the oppposite.
- Federico Fellini

Few writers are willing to admit writing is autobiographical.
- Terry McMillan

I loved the process of writing.
- Nora Roberts

I write journals and would recommend journal writing
to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career.
You learn a lot.
You also remember a lot...
and memory is important.
- Judy Collins

No special writing rituals.
And my desk is usually cluttered.
- Stephen Greenblatt

It certainly made a film writing career for me.
- Buck Henry

I really enjoy the therapeutic value of writing songs.
- Shannon Hoon

There is more good writing and good acting in any ten
minutes of Twister than in,
say, all of Citizen Kane.
- Orson Scott Card

Shakespeare in Love...
such smart writing of an alternative view of history,
and such beautiful acting.
Like most Americans, I'm a sucker for the accent.
- Anita Diament

I write because I can't imagine not writing.
- Richard Price

Many days I don't write any code at all,
and some days I spend all day writing code.
- Larry Wall

I've always believed in writing without a collaborator,
because where two people are writing the same book,
each believes he gets all the worry and only half the royalties.
- Agatha Christie

I did some writing and bought a book,
and have been working on that as a film to act and direct in.
- Dustin Hoffman

People think my work is therapeutic.
I don't see it that way.
It's not like I'm saving money from a weekly therapy
visit by writing down my life.
- Neil LaBute

No one likes to work for free.
To copy an artist's work and download it free is stealing.
It's hard work writing and recording music,
and it's morally wrong to steal it.
- Gary Wright

Fundamentally, all writing is about the same thing;
it's about dying,
about the brief flicker of time we have here,
and the frustration that it creates.
- Mordecai Richler

It was such a paradox for me that the only thing I know how to do is act,
but that the first thing I abandoned while writing were the characters.
- Bryce Dallas Howard

There are very few solid family films.
A lot of the writing is awful.
- Chevy Chase

I believe strongly in writing groups such as Romance
Writers Of America that offer support,
information and networking.
- Nora Roberts

I began reading science fiction before I was 12 and
started writing science fiction around the same time.
- Octavia Butler


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