Writing Quotes

  • I love going to the set every day, because Noah Wylie will be there waiting.
  • War continues to divide people, to change them forever, and I write about it both because I want people to understand the absolute futility of war, the 'pity of war' as Wilfred Owen called it.
  • Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
  • Theater is the most enriching and thrilling thing to do as an actor.
  • Writing is boring, very boring, and it takes so much patience.
  • The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.
  • Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.
  • What I like about non-fiction is that it covers such a huge territory. The best non-fiction is also creative.
  • When you're writing non-fiction, you go as far as you can go, and then ethically you have to stop. You can't go. You can't suppose. You can't imagine. And I think there's something in human nature that wants to finish the story.
  • Writing software that's safe even in the presence of bugs makes the challenge even more interesting.
  • When you're writing a sketch, it has to be surrounded by a situation. It can't just be out of the air.
  • What I used to play was rhythm guitar before I saw Jack Bruce. I said, That's what I want to do in life. He was definitely the main influence.
  • The reader need not be told that John Bull never leaves home without encumbering himself with the greatest possible load of luggage. Our companions were no exception to the rule.
  • I know it's good when I see a smaller film get recognized because it means more publicity for them. When you start producing and directing the movies become a little more like your children.
  • What I have to show, I show on the track.
  • I'm a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that's my goal, too.
  • While writing 'Half of a Yellow Sun,' I enjoyed playing with minor things: inventing a train station in a town that has none, placing towns closer to each other than they are, changing the chronology of conquered cities. Yet I did not play with the central events of that time.
  • I decided to do the maximum to hold onto the lead for as long as possible. That is why I pushed so hard from the beginning. I was at 100 percent concentration.
  • Writing scripts is a laborious job that can be a real pain.
  • Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
  • Writing anything as an expert is really poisonous to the writing process, because you lose the quality of discovery.
  • What I miss most about Mexico isn't the food or the customs; it's my family and the way we'd all sit around chatting together.
  • Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.
  • Writing 'Dog Stars' was coming home. My spirit just sang. It's what I wanted to do my whole life.
  • Writing is a craft and, like all craft, proceeds by stages: conception, material selection, rough shaping, detailed shaping, sanding and finishing.
  • Writing is really very easy. Tap a vein and bleed onto the page. Everything else is just technical.
  • Of what value is a mind when placed in the brain of a coward? If mind is a gift of God to man for his use, let him use it. A mind is not in use when doing no good.
  • One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It's my mom.
  • Writing is difficult all the time; the thing is to learn something every day.
  • Writing about Africa by Africans has been part of my literary apprenticeship, standing alongside works by authors such as Joseph Conrad, Joyce Cary and Graham Greene as influences.
  • Writing is something that's great because you get to write every thought that's on your mind; you take your time.
  • Writing does change you, and of course it feels good to do things, so you could say writing is de facto therapeutic. But really, one writes to write.
  • It's never fun to get swept, but it's going to happen.
  • I'd always thought that if Python was going to go on at all, it'd be nice to get into storylines.
  • Writing is communication, and you don't know how you're doing until you put it in front of someone else's eyes. You also learn from critiquing other writers' work.
  • Well, today people have to be self-reliant if they want a secure retirement income.
  • Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.
  • Writing in English is the most ingenious torture ever devised for sins committed in previous lives. The English reading public explains the reason why.
  • While writing my memoir, 'When Skateboards Will Be Free,' I would sometimes have to pore over hours of microfilm at the New York Public Library in order to try to get one obscure detail right. For instance, was the Socialist Workers Party originally called the American Workers Party or the Workers Party of the United States?
  • As a student, I had a hobby of inventing new ideas for products. For me, thinking of new businesses is like inventing new products.
  • I'm very confident that not only will the other candidates who ran for this office support me but all of their supporters will as well. So yes, I'm very confident that I will get their support.
  • Writing can't change the world overnight, but writing may have an enormous effect over time, over the long haul.
  • Writing for TV entails saying every dumb idea that comes into your head to a room of people. And doing so with the confidence that it doesn't make you look like an idiot.
  • Writing a really general parser is a major but different undertaking, by far the hardest points being sensitivity to context and resolution of ambiguity.
  • Writing songs has always been hard and easy. It's not always easy when you want it to be, and then sometimes it's just like turning on the faucet. That's just the nature of it.
  • Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.
  • I usually don't throw around the word 'fabulous,' but how else to describe buildings decorated with mirrored water dragons, serpents tiled in colored glass, and hundreds - no, thousands, no, tens of thousands - of gold-leaf Buddhas? Luang Prabang has more than 47,000 residents, but its Buddha population must be ten times that.
  • What I love about Brooklyn is there are more wonderful little joints than anywhere.