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Writing is a passion I have never understood,
by Ruth Park

Writing is a passion I have never understood,
yet a storyteller is all I have ever wanted to be.
- Ruth Park

The world is full of novels in which characters simply say and do.
There are certainly legitimate genres in which this is sufficient.
But in real and lasting writing the character is.
- Ruth Park

He who climbs a cliff may die on the cliff,
so what? Always a risk-taker by nature,
now I became one by intent.
- Ruth Park

In a still hot morning, the tide went out and didn't come back in.
This was not a spectacular event.
The sea did not roll up like a scroll,
like the sky in Revelations.
It quietly withdrew.
- Ruth Park

 

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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'll know when the ideas aren't fresh anymore.
And I'll know when writing doesn't give me a thrill anymore.
- Brian Lumley

Fantastic writing in English is kind of disreputable,
but fantastic writing in translation is the summit.
- Jonathan Lethem

I'm not going to hurt anybody other than that dick
who keeps writing songs about me.
- Courtney Love

I developed the habit of writing novels behind a closed door,
or at my uncle's, on the dining table.
- Patrick White

Nothing stinks like a pile of unpublished writing.
- Sylvia Plath

And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.
- Augusten Burroughs

When I was younger I was obsessed with writing,
so even if I wanted to listen, I didn't have time.
- Joan Armatrading

I started acting when I was in high school,
started writing when I got to New York in 1975.
- Eric Bogosian

I've been writing in notebooks for 40 years or so.
- Frank McCourt

I really, really like writing songs.
- Debbie Harry

So I decided to start writing plays,
and went to Yale.
- Richard Foreman

I have been writing for 50 years and readers still
read my first book from when I was in the Marine Corps.
- Leon Uris

If I stopped writing and being at my piano,
I wouldn't know how to live.
It's your best friend.
- Jessi Colter

I wasn't really writing with anything commercial in
mind I just wanted to create some new music.
- Billy Sherwood

I've written many extra verses to songs that I learned to sing -
an extra verse about a friend,
or just add some verse - and that led to writing my own songs.
- Jackson Browne

Living composers writing for big band are very few and far between.
There are not a lot of them, and I have a talent for doing it.
I am zeroing in on what I do best.
- Carla Bley

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.
- Jerry B. Jenkins

I have always been fascinated by dark and mysterious stuff.
I guess I have a pretty dark and gloomy side.
Writing songs saves me from going completely gonzo.
- Gavin Rossdale

That's what my life is, writing songs.
- John Cale

That first writing session, what Dan Hill calls a creative blind date,
is always a real challenge, and you bring that back
to your partner when you return to writing with them.
- Cynthia Weil

Sometimes I think my writing sounds like I walked out
of the room and left the typewriter running.
- Gene Fowler

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

Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground.
Writing of the past is a resurrection;
the past then lives in your words and you are free.
- Jessamyn West

The strangest thing that human speech and human writing
can do is create a metaphor.
That is an amazing leap, is it not?
- Dennis Potter

It helps to be able to be alone.
'Cuz writing is done alone, unless you collaborate,
but I don't do that.
Ask my ex-wife.
- Dirk Benedict

There is the great creative part of it.
The writing is the best part.
- Cynthia Weil

It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing,
but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
- Robert Benchley

The writing career is not a romantic one.
The writer's life may be colorful, but his work itself is rather drab.
- Mary Roberts Rinehart

Writing music is just something that I was born to do.
- Joan Armatrading

I think some aspects of writing can be taught.
Obviously, you can't teach vision or talent.
But you can help with comfort.
- Toni Morrison

I love writing and do not know why it is considered such a difficult,
agonizing profession.
- Caroline B. Cooney

When I started writing fiction, I knew how good it was immediately.
- John Hawkes

Well, Peter has a writing style, but again,
time changes subject matters and attitudes.
- Josh Silver

Writing is like getting married.
One should never commit oneself until one is amazed at one's luck.
- Iris Murdoch

At school I was always trying to con my teachers into
letting me act out book reports instead of writing them.
- Laura Linney

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

But usually I'll wake up and start writing about nine o'clock.
I'll probably write for about three hours,
and I'll do that over the next month and a half.
- Stanley Tucci

Writing is good, thinking is better.
Cleverness is good, patience is better.
- Herman Hesse

I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

I was always drawn to Broadway musicals,
and obviously composers like Gershwin,
Rodgers, Berlin and Porter were writing music that
I found wildly impressive.
- Marvin Hamlisch

When I was a teenager, I got into SF,
quite heavily, and that too has had a major impact on my writing.
- George Stephen

I don't have any structured grand plan;
I just intend to keep writing about the things that
interest me-some of which change,
some of which don't.
- Greg Egan

When you're writing about people that are not very well off,
you seem to see the kitchen sink.
So it was a bit of a sort of cosy phrase that got used a bit too much.
- Timothy West

When I'm writing a song, it gives me more actual pleasure
to hear someone else sing it than do it meself.
- Shane MacGowan

My employer was never at any time aware of anything
in my past beyond the writing I did,
because, frankly, it isn't relevant to the job I was asked to do,
which was to be a reporter.
- Jeff Gannon

Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
- J. P. Donleavy

When you are writing, of course, you have to do all
that writing and correcting for yourself.
When I was a librarian it was expected that I would
know about a wide range of books.
- Margaret Mahy

Actually I was writing with people that didn't get records.
- Cynthia Weil

I've hung out in the writer's room a few times,
but the fact is we've got such a good writing staff,
I don't want to get my peanut butter fingerprints on anything.
- Patton Oswalt

I've grown tremendously as an actor by being there.
It is comic writing the likes of which I don't know
that I'll ever see again and it's been a great,
great experience.
- Matt LeBlanc

I do outlines when I'm writing with someone,
but they also need to have a certain amount of freedom.
- Anne McCaffrey

I love opera, I love writing for the voice,
I love telling stories with music.
- Anthony Davis

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

Do not copy my style!
The first rule of writing is write about what you know,
not what you think you know.
So, think about what you've done in your life and write about that.
- Jackie Collins

My education and background thoroughly inform my writing.
- David Brin


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