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Writing is an incredibly lonely job. ...
by R. A. Salvatore

Writing is an incredibly lonely job.
- R. A. Salvatore

It got so bad that by the time I was graduated,
the only reading I did was in order to get the grade
and the only writing I did was in order to get the grade.
- R. A. Salvatore

I loved the world of imagination.
- R. A. Salvatore

I'm a working-class kid from a blue-collar New England family.
- R. A. Salvatore

 

I've always been a fighter.
If you tell me I can't, I'll die trying to prove you wrong.
- R. A. Salvatore

So, while I gave up the notions of publishing at that time,
I never stopped editing and refining that book.
A few years later, in 1987, I thought I had it ready to go out again.
- R. A. Salvatore

Definitely they write themselves.
It's an amazing experience.
It's like the characters have come alive and are sitting
on my shoulder talking to me,
telling me their tales.
- R. A. Salvatore

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I thought I would set the world on fire when I got out of college.
I had done quite well in a field that was growing.
Unfortunately, we got hit with a recession in 1981.
- R. A. Salvatore

I'm trying to make all the characters change and grow,
or regress.
- R. A. Salvatore

Here's the thing, for me at least: this is a huge genre now.
It wasn't always so.
Not so many years ago, it wasn't so.
There is a tremendous diversity in fantasy today.
- R. A. Salvatore

In the past, TSR and now Wizards of the Coast have
asked me to do game stats for my characters,
and I'm never comfortable doing that.
It's all relative after all.
- R. A. Salvatore

Writing a book for me, I expect, is very similar to
the experience of reading the book for my readers.
- R. A. Salvatore

Also, there are authors and publicists using the Internet to manipulate opinion,
both positively for a work and negatively against the competition.
I don't do this and can't stomach it,
honestly.
- R. A. Salvatore

I loved to read and to write, but then something happened.
As I made my way through school, I kept getting handed
books to read that didn't excite me and didn't even
remotely connect to the realities of my life.
- R. A. Salvatore

I don't often know exactly what's coming next,
and that makes it more fun.
And you know, for me, this entire genre is all about that;
it's all about having fun and getting away from the
mundane world for just a little while.
- R. A. Salvatore

I didn't and don't go to Internet for any business purposes.
The book sales for me by this point are way beyond
any influence I might have,
positively, or others might have, negatively.
- R. A. Salvatore

I never intended to be a professional writer;
as the story developed,
the one thing I had in my hopes was that this would
be something tangible to separate me from the nameless,
numbered masses.
- R. A. Salvatore

I do that mostly because I believe that the fantasy
business is in terrible trouble right now,
for several reasons, not the least of which being the almost Democrat vs.
Republican mentality of readers on the Internet.
- R. A. Salvatore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Writing sessions can last an hour or sixteen hours,
depending on how it's going.
- Orson Scott Card

I was always concerned with writing to my age at a particular moment.
That was the way I would keep faith with the audience
that supported me as I went along.
- Bruce Springsteen

I have long observed that the act of writing is viewed,
by some, as an elite and otherworldly act,
all the more so if a person isn't paid for what she writes.
- Joyce Maynard

There's a mystery to writing, and you don't really
know where most of it comes from.
- Neil Diamond

TV critics, who traditionally hate television and make
their living writing about it,
often didn't like what I did on the air.
- Charles Kuralt

Have a working spouse, because you won't earn a living from writing -
not at first,
if ever.
My wife worked for years to support us.
- Piers Anthony

It seems to me that many writers, by virtue of environments of culture,
art and education, slip into writing because of their environments.
- Robert E. Howard

I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.
- Robert Morgan

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

I've read somewhere that when you're writing,
you should stop while you're doing well so you always want to go back to work.
- Glenn Frey

There are rhythmic ideas which sometimes only work up to a point.
In writing there are moments when it just comes off the page,
it's not just a collection of notes.
- Harrison Birtwistle

I like to be surprised.
Fresh implications and plot twists erupt as a story unfolds.
Characters develop backgrounds, adding depth and feeling.
Writing feels like exploring.
- David Brin

Writing has nothing to do with communication between person and person,
only with communication between different parts of a person's mind.
- Rebecca West

Through writing, through that process,
they realize that they become more intelligent,
and more honest and more imaginative than they can
be in any other part of their life.
- Russell Banks

Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas,
play with language, solve problems, use my imagination,
and draw on my own childhood.
- Jack Prelutsky

Of all the arts in which the wise excel,
nature's chief masterpiece is writing well.
- Andre Breton

I spend a lot of time writing in New York.
- Keren Ann

Any doctor will admit that any drug can have side effects,
and that writing a prescription involves weighing the
potential benefits against the risks.
- Mark Udall

I try not to worry about rewriting books that worked well the first time.
I'm too busy writing new books to worry about things
that are already in print.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

When I was writing pretty poor poetry,
this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on.
- Carl Sandburg

I have trouble writing if I can't picture how things are going to look.
- Robert Kirkman

When I'm old I shall give up writing the big stuff
and shall wander round the park thinking of songs.
- George Lloyd

I started writing movie scripts.
They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when
they were finished because they were simple copies
of the films I saw in childhood.
- Manuel Puig

I'm writing a new book right now that is like an erotica manifesto.
- Susie Bright

The flattery is nice, but awards don't add up to writing quality songs.
- Chantal Kreviazuk

Writing is about culture and should be about everything.
That's what makes it what it is.
- Irvine Welsh

Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal
down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
- Don Marquis

If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your
life you become smarter while you are writing than
while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.
- Russell Banks

It is like writing history with lightning and my only
regret is that it is all so terribly true.
- Woodrow Wilson

Writing is really very easy.
Tap a vein and bleed onto the page.
Everything else is just technical.
- Derrick Jensen

Writing is the only thing I've ever done with persistence,
except for being married.
- Richard Ford

Cursive writing does not mean what I think it does.
- Nancy Cartwright

As I said, I had no publisher for What a Carve Up!
while I was writing it, so all we had to live off was
my wife's money and little bits I was picking up for journalism.
- Jonathan Coe

When I say "work" I only mean writing.
Everything else is just odd jobs.
- Margaret Laurence

When you use words, you're able to keep your mind alive.
Writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.
- Gao Xingjian

I think there have been some periods when the writing
almost became a bit of a burden.
- Leo Ornstein

And I love writing.
I've always loved writing.
- James Daly

Reviewing music or reviewing anything is a writing job.
It's nice if you are experienced in the field you are writing about,
but writing is what you are doing.
- Virgil Thomson

I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry.
It is such a challenge.
- Jeffery Deaver

I'm older than my sister so I started writing first.
I started writing at school.
I was always top of my class in composition,
essays, English Lit and all of that.
- Joan Collins

I was writing a chapter of Beautiful Evidence on the
subject of the sculptural pedestal,
which led to my thinking about what's up on the pedestal -
the great leader.
- Edward Tufte


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