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James McBride Quotes and Sayings

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Writing for me is cutting out the fat and getting to the meaning.
- James McBride

As a journalist, the details always tell the story.
- James McBride

If you have the material it will form itself as a kind of connective tissue.
- James McBride

First person narrative is a very effective tool but
you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
- James McBride

 

People don't realize you're blowing over changes,
time changes, harmony, different keys.
I mark a point in my solo where it's got to peak at point D I go to A,
B, C D then I'm home.
- James McBride

When you're interviewing someone, even your mother -
you have to sort of deal with you have to get some
objective space from yourself and the person but you
also have to find what's the best way to get the information from that person.
- James McBride

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career.
I had to start writing and acting again.
- Ben Stiller

I, personally, have found reading a continual support to writing.
- Margaret Mahy

Writing checks for charities is necessary and important.
But it can't compare with corporal works of mercy,
which are infinitely greater.
- William E. Simon

There's such good writing now on television and I don't
see a lot of great writing on films sadly.
- Scott Speedman

Writing is making sense of life.
You work your whole life and perhaps you've made sense of one small area.
- Nadine Gordimer

I think of myself as a writer who happens to be doing
his writing as an anthropologist.
- Clifford Geertz

For me, writing is 75 percent procrastinating and 25
percent actually sitting down and working.
- Zooey Deschanel

The new spirituality will bring about what I'm calling the 'end of better.'
And that is in fact what is called for in the next
of the series of books that I've been writing.
- Neale Donald Walsch

The discipline of writing something down is the first
step toward making it happen.
- Lee Iacocca

I have some great stories and I will get around to writing a book.
- Sally Kirkland

I am 82 years old.
I imagine that I will keep on writing as long as anyone wants to keep reading.
- Tony Hillerman

Writing is hard work, but a lot of fun,
too.
It allows me to live out some of my fantasies.
- Christopher Darden

I started writing seriously about 1960,
at the fairly advanced age of 30.
- Fred Saberhagen

One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to
make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that
you're not aware there was a writer there.
- Stephen Sondheim

When my writing really started to take off was when
I made a decision that I would write only what I wanted to write,
and if 10 people wanted to hear it, that's fine.
- David Friedman

My job is writing.
I get paid to do it.
When was the last time you heard someone challenge
a doctor for making money off of cancer?
- Joyce Maynard

I work very hard on the writing, writing and rewriting
and trying to weed out the lumber.
- David McCullough

I believe that, like most writers, my personality comes through in the fiction.
So in that respect my writing can't be like any other author's really.
- Paul Kane

I like to talk on TV about those things that aren't worth writing about.
- Truman Capote

I'm not happy when I'm writing, but I'm more unhappy when I'm not.
- Fannie Hurst

While I have corrected agreed factual errors,
I have not been inhibited from writing what I felt
to be the truth about The Prince of Wales.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

I'm approaching a period in my life though where I'd
like to be totally absorbed into music,
doing concerts, writing something.
Basically, that IS what I am doing.
- Roscoe Mitchell

The point of writing my name to you is that I see who you are,
you see who I am...
and that's what it's about.
- Nana Visitor

And if you have great writing, it's really easy,
but if it's not so great and you have to work a little harder,
I could tell where the work needed to be done but comedy is just fun.
- Matt LeBlanc

Writing, basically breaks down to relationships between
people and that is what you write about.
- Leon Uris

I suspect that writer's block afflicts mainly people
who have some stable and ample source of income outside of writing.
So far it hasn't been a problem.
- Fred Saberhagen

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

You know, it's absolutely connected to The Mollusk in that,
it's what we're writing after The Mollusk.
A lot of this stuff reminds me of things on The Mollusk.
- Gene Ween

We're the only branch of government that explains itself
in writing every time it makes a decision.
- Byron White

We still play Foreigner songs.
I play the songs that I was involved in writing.
- Lou Gramm

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

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

Readers are what it's all about, aren't they? If not,
why am I writing?
- Evan Hunter

Early on, it's good to develop the ability to write.
Learning to write is a useful exercise,
even if what you're writing about is not that relevant.
- Walter Gilbert

I never earned a dollar that was not somehow through writing.
- Walter Lord

Now I'm doing a film festival for kids and writing
a script about a kidnapped journalist in Afghanistan.
- Olivia Wilde

Writing is very much a playground - an artistic playground.
It's the most fun thing I do.
- Shania Twain

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

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

If a writer knows enough about what he is writing about,
he may omit things that he knows.
The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only
one ninth of it being above water.
- Ernest Hemingway

I'm always writing or playing because that is my life.
- Rick Wakeman

I also don't have organized religion on Pern.
I figured - since there were four holy wars going on at the time of writing -
that religion was one problem Pern didn't need.
- Anne McCaffrey

I've been doing my big theater projects,
which take years, and writing a song here and there.
- David Friedman

I was 37 years old.
I wanted to support myself by writing.
- Judith Rossner

When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses,
you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors.
- Stephen Sondheim

Writing of that caliber spoils you for any other kind of writing for awhile.
But that's probably good.
- Mercedes Ruehl

While you're writing, you can't concentrate nearly
as well on what the speaker is saying.
- Marilyn vos Savant

They're fancy talkers about themselves,
writers.
If I had to give young writers advice,
I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
- Lillian Hellman

Writing can sometimes be exploitative.
I like to take a few steps of remove in order to respect
the privacy of the subject.
If readers make the link, they have engaged with the poem.
- John Barton

Plus, we spend most of our time writing music.
Most of the time is spent in the studio in my house.
- Warren Cuccurullo

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

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

I look for ambiguity when I'm writing because life is ambiguous.
- Keith Richards


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