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I am writing a sequel to The Touch because I want to
by Colleen McCullough

I am writing a sequel to The Touch because I want to
further explore the Chinese question that I have raised.
There will be more about that in a sequel.
- Colleen McCullough

It's a dead give away of an inexperienced writer if
every character speaks with the same voice.
- Colleen McCullough

I have an editor in my head, that's why I can't read Harry Potter,
because Rowling is such a lousy writer.
- Colleen McCullough

It's a woman's book but I think the men will read it too.
- Colleen McCullough

 

I want to know what they look like, their height,
and colouring, physique and speech pattens.
- Colleen McCullough

In early draft it never satisfied me,
and that was when it clicked into place and it went so well as a diary.
- Colleen McCullough

There's a hell of a lot of horny people out there who
are not being gratified in the way they should be.
- Colleen McCullough

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The lovely thing about being forty is that you can
appreciate twenty-five-year-old men more.
- Colleen McCullough

I think explicit love scenes are a turn off unless
it's the kind you read with one hand.
- Colleen McCullough

There is no doubt that it is more difficult to read
and more difficult to write but I still manage.
- Colleen McCullough

My husband says it is very good that I have very tiny feet,
because they're easier to get in my mouth.
- Colleen McCullough

She told fortunes for a living.
It's a wacky book and was great fun to write.
It is very much a look at what life was like for women
in Australia in the 1960's.
- Colleen McCullough

The Labour Party of today has fits of horrors of the
very thought of somebody like me might saying that
they bought in white Australia.
But I believe they did.
- Colleen McCullough

My fictitious characters will take the bit between
their teeth and gallop off and do something that I hadn't counted on.
However, I always insist on dragging them back to the straight and narrow.
- Colleen McCullough

In The Touch, the love scenes are the same as they
were in The Thorn Birds or anything else I've ever written.
I find a way of saying that either it was heaven or
hell but in a way that still leaves room for the reader
to use their own imagination.
- Colleen McCullough

Once I've got the first draft down on paper then I
do five or six more drafts,
the last two of which will be polishing drafts.
The ones in between will flesh out the characters and
maybe I'll check my research.
- Colleen McCullough

I stopped this one about two months before federation
and I want the next one to be more political.
It will deal with the formation of white Australian
policy and things like that.
- Colleen McCullough

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

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

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

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

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

I like writing about women, weak and strong,
pathetic and heroic.
I like writing about men, ditto.
And all the variants of men and women,
beasts and demons.
- Tanith Lee

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

Luckily, in my case, I have managed,
by writing,
to do the one thing that I always wanted to do.
- Jonathan Coe

On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have
always been supposed to do,
was to rely on their own devices and to -
I mean,
writing is a lonely business.
- Donna Tartt

All I knew was that I was writing something out of my very guts,
and that I was content.
- Winston Graham

I'm a crap guitarist and I find it really hard writing on my own.
- Siobhan Fahey

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing,
it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will
tell a hundred years hence.
- Samuel Butler

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.
- Alice Walker

I would, however, start writing fiction about 10 years before I actually did,
because it's such great fun to do, many times more
creative than nonfiction.
- Judith Krantz

I don't feel comfortable doing interviews.
My profession is music, and writing songs.
That's what I do.
I like to do it, but I hate to talk about it.
- Van Morrison

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

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing
but in the midst of living.
- Anais Nin

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

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

I like writing better.
Because I don't have to wear makeup,
I don't have to be thin,
and I don't have to remember lines.
- Fran Drescher

There'll come a writing phase where you have to defend the time,
unplug the phone and put in the hours to get it done.
- James Taylor

When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets...
I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice.
Now I read them all.
- Jack Prelutsky

I got out of college and I went to get my master's
in creative writing at San Francisco State.
I was working as an actor at the Actor's Workshop,
being abused as a intern.
- Peter Coyote

Alimony is the curse of the writing class.
- Norman Mailer

Writing the book was itself a process of concealing and revealing.
- Rick Moody

I'm not taking any interest in politics.
I'm not involved in politics in any way.
My life is in writing now.
- Jeffrey Archer

Writing is a creatively rewarding occupation but for me very time consuming.
- Holly Johnson

I think I had actually served my apprenticeship as
a writer of fiction by writing all those songs.
I had already been through phases of autobiographical or experimental stuff.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

It's just a matter of writing the kind of book I enjoy reading.
Something better be happening at the beginning,
and then on every page after, or I get irritated.
- Jonathan Franzen

The difficulty of writing a good theatre play set in
new reality was even greater given that the level of
similitude to life that is allowed in a film would not work on the stage.
- Andrzej Wajda

My writing is remarkably non-confessional;
you actually learn very little about me.
- Michael Pollan

Reading Stephen King's book, On Writing,
was like being cornered and forced to have a long,
drawn out mental enema.
- Mary Garden

Herman has taken to writing poetry.
You need not tell anyone, for you know how such things get around.
- Elizabeth Shaw Melville

The band projects just took natural priority.
I didn't really have a solo career, just wanted to
share the music in another way and to learn more about writing,
recording, etcetera.
- Ken Hensley

Writing a play, you start with less,
so more is demanded of you.
It's as if you have to not only write a symphony,
but invent the instruments as well.
- David Ives

Unless I'm really uneasy with what I'm writing,
I lose interest very quickly.
- Paul Haggis

Writing as a woman presents enormous problems but I
have attempted it several times and haven't had many complaints.
- Jim Harrison

Knowing that Gene and Morgan were playing those roles
made it much easier to put the script together-we knew
who we were writing it for.
It took some mystery away.
- Stephen Hopkins

I felt that I had to write.
Even if I had never been published, I knew that I would go on writing,
enjoying it and experiencing the challenge.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

Publishing is a business.
Writing may be art, but publishing, when all is said and done,
comes down to dollars.
- Nicholas Sparks

We went through this business of me writing out all
the parts for these old songs from Gravity and Speechless
and we'd been performing that,
but we don't do that any more.
- Fred Frith

People say you can't teach writing, but I think that's nonsense.
- Tracy Kidder

I do not pretend to write much of a letter.
You know under what circumstances I am writing.
- Joshua Chamberlain

Writing is no dying art form in America because most
published writers here accept the wisdom and the necessity
of encouraging the talent that follows in their footsteps.
- Elizabeth George

Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been
so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
- Robert Morgan

I'm writing a movie about Mozart going to New York in the '60s.
I've been reading so many novels.
- John Cale

I consider my films to be poems that are all as personal
as my writing and as hand-made.
- James Broughton


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