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The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say,
but what we are unable to say.
- Anais Nin

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A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
- Gertrude Stein

When you take stuff from one writer it's plagiarism;
but when you take it from many writers,
it's research.
- Wilson Mizner

The writer, when he is also an artist,
is someone who admits what others don't dare reveal.
- Elia Kazan

 

A writer never reads his work.
For him, it is the unreadable, a secret,
and he cannot remain face to face with it.
A secret, because he is separated from it.
- Maurice Blanchot

Fame often makes a writer vain, but seldom makes him proud.
- W. H. Auden

But Racine's extraordinary powers as a writer become
still more obvious when we consider that besides being
a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
- Lytton Strachey

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I write music all the time.
When I talk about having writer's block,
it's more to do with lyrics than anything else.
- Sarah McLachlan

When writing a novel a writer should create living people;
people not characters.
A character is a caricature.
- Ernest Hemingway

As far as I'm concerned, the entire reason for becoming
a writer is not having to get up in the morning.
- Neil Gaiman

There was a writer in the '20s called Christopher Morley,
who I remember a little bit of, who had some influence on me,
but I couldn't tell you what it was.
- Jack Vance

A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or
tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.
- Johann G. Hamann

When writing isn't going well-then the bad thing about
being a writer is that I also have the freedom and
flexibility to do something badly,
and no one else can fix it for me.
- Margaret Haddix

A writer can write in an attic, or on top of a bus.
Or with a sharp stick in some wet cement.
To act, an actor has to have words.
A stage.
a camera turning.
- Paul Muni

No writer, no matter how gifted, immortalizes himself
unless he has crystallized into expressive and original
phrase the eternal sentiments and yearnings of the human heart.
- Alfred de Vigny

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

I am a writer.
I could not afford to take 15 months off from my writing
career to play detective.
- James Ellroy

I don't call myself a writer.
- Bruce Boxleitner

If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I
wasn't a better writer or a better singer.
- Patti Smith

A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
- Michael Ondaatje

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it,
even if he doesn't get paid.
- Irwin Shaw

People are always saying that I must have been the class clown,
with all these voices.
No, I was way too shy to be the class clown;
I was a class clown's writer.
- Tom Kenny

No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament,
except to think him overdoing everything.
- Zane Grey

I want to be a writer someday.
- Andrea Barber

I am also a writer.
That is a fact not known by the public in general.
- Bob Kane

I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best.
- Flannery O'Connor

Science fiction readers probably have the gene for novelty,
and seem to enjoy a cascade of invention as much as
a writer enjoys providing one.
- Walter Jon Williams

Until you understand a writer's ignorance,
presume yourself ignorant of his understanding.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching
in just enough background to ground the specific story.
- Lynn Abbey

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.
- Bernard Malamud

Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life
is in some sense exemplary,
that the particular will turn out to be universal.
- Martin Amis

That writer does the most who gives his reader the
most knowledge and takes from him the least time.
- Charles Caleb Colton

To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says,
but to go off with him and travel in his company.
- Andre Gide

My father was a writer and an acting teacher.
- Noah Hathaway

When you combine something to say with the skill to say it properly,
then you've got a good writer.
- Theodore Sturgeon

The good parts of a book may be only something a writer
is lucky enough to overhear or it may be the wreck
of his whole damn life and one is as good as the other.
- Ernest Hemingway

I've got America's best writer for $300 a week.
- Jack L. Warner

I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.
- Bill Griffith

I hope to be with you as a writer for a very long time,
and I hope that you will enjoy reading my work,
because readers are the highest form of life on this planet.
- Guy Johnson

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism,
a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what
the country needed to hear during times of crisis,
tragedy and triumph.
- Tom Brokaw

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Being a professional writer is not an easy way to make a living.
- Tracy Kidder

Oh, well, in Los Angeles everybody is an actor,
or a producer, or a writer, or a director,
or an agent, or...
So everybody understands the hours.
- Julie Benz

As a very experienced writer once told me,
'It's in the rewrites'.
- Tom Skerritt

I didn't go out of my way to get into this movie stuff.
I think of myself as a writer.
- Sam Shepard

Oftentimes what happens is that the writer understands one character,
but they don't understand the other one,
and the other one ends up not being written as well.
- Jennifer Beals

Every writer is a writer of the generation before.
- Wilfrid Sheed

The creative act is not pure.
History evidences it.
Sociology extracts it.
The writer loses Eden, writes to be read and comes
to realize that he is answerable.
- Nadine Gordimer

I think with every writer there are two people there.
- Hugh Leonard

It is comparatively easy to become a writer;
staying a writer,
resisting formulaic work, generating one's own creativity -
that's a much tougher matter.
- Brian Aldiss

I had read too many memoirs that were written after
the writer or the director was past his or her prime.
- Joe Eszterhas

And you find as a writer there are certain spots on
the planet where you write better than others,
and I believe in that.
And New Orleans is one of them.
- Jimmy Buffett

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.
- Bryant H. McGill

I think you have an obligation to share what you know as a writer.
- David Guterson

I have before me a newspaper slip on which a writer
expresses the opinion that no one should be allowed
to possess more than one million dollars' worth of property.
- William Graham Sumner

I feel like the writer observing the grief,
but it is difficult to be detached from it.
- Hugh Leonard

I am a comic writer, which means I get to slay the dragons,
and shoot the bull.
- Rita Mae Brown

A writer is a human being.
He has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

For what I wrote that started this whole controversy,
I deserved to be criticized, and I felt bad about writing it.
I felt bad mainly as a writer and a thinker.
- Gregg Easterbrook

But I do not have the reader in mind when I write.
No true writer does that.
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics
is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.
- Christopher Hampton

You should never rely on interviews with musicians as being factual.
Most of them are mangled and even have made up stuff in them,
that is to say, made up stuff by the writer or editor.
- Frank Black

Every writer I know has trouble writing.
- Joseph Heller

I can only assume that your editorial writer tripped
over the First Amendment and thought it was the office cat.
- E. B. White

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham

The real writer is one who really writes.
Talent is an invention like phlogiston after the fact of fire.
Work is its own cure.
You have to like it better than being loved.
- Marge Piercy

When you're in the States and you're a writer and you've
got money and you walk into a bank,
you're a bum with money.
- Norman Spinrad

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

As a writer no one's gonna tell me how to write,
I'm gonna write the way I wanna write!
- Jacqueline Susann

The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where
time and place and eternity somehow meet.
His problem is to find that location.
- Flannery O'Connor


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