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Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish books and make a living from writing poetry. That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess.

Tags: Poetry, Pretty  ✍ Author: Robert Adamson

He was certainly in a confused state. I used to go and visit him in Callan Park. They were really - to me they were the best poets those two writing in those days but it wasn't very encouraging because, well, they weren't getting far were they?

Tags: Best, Him  ✍ Author: Robert Adamson

Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that.

Tags: Poetry, Read  ✍ Author: Robert Adamson

Among all kinds of Writing, there is none in which Authors are more apt to miscarry than in Works of Humour, as there is none in which they are more ambitious to excel.

Tags: Kinds, Works  ✍ Author: Joseph Addison

Playing shows is really fun. And writing music is really fun. But going on tour for a year is one of the more soul-crushing experiences you can have as a creative person.

Tags: Fun, Music  ✍ Author: Tunde Adebimpe

The way I write my songs is that I have to believe what I'm writing about, and that's why they always end up being so personal - because the kind of artists I like, they convince me, they totally win me over straight away in that thing. Like, 'Oh my God, this song is totally about me.'

Tags: End, God  ✍ Author: Adele

I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way. I'm done with being a bitter witch.

Tags: Again, Done  ✍ Author: Adele

Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn't mean to but I just did.

Tags: Give, Mean  ✍ Author: Adele

I don't really need to stand out, there's room for everyone. Although I haven't built a niche yet, I'm just writing love songs.

Tags: Everyone, Love  ✍ Author: Adele

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.

Tags: Sun, Time  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Creative writing programmes are not very necessary. They just exist so that people like us can make a living.

Tags: Creative, Living  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I have been writing since I was old enough to spell. I have never considered not writing.

Tags: Enough, Old  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Too much of Indian writing in English, it seemed to me, consisted of middle-class people writing about other middle-class people - and a small slice of life being passed off as an authentic portrait of the country.

Tags: Country, Life  ✍ Author: Aravind Adiga

When I was writing 'The White Tiger' I lived in a building pretty much exactly like the one I described in this novel, and the people in the book are the people I lived with back then. So I didn't have to do much research to find them.

Tags: Book, Pretty  ✍ Author: Aravind Adiga

Don't try to follow any trends, just concentrate on writing great songs and knowing your instrument. All the other stuff will fall into place.

Tags: Great, Try  ✍ Author: Steven Adler

For a man who no longer has a homeland, writing becomes a place to live.

Tags: Longer, Place  ✍ Author: Theodor Adorno

I don't read books regularly, because I'm always writing them. I've written 30 books, thousands of pages.

Tags: Books, Read  ✍ Author: Ferran Adria

I love writing songs.

Tags: Love, Songs  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

My movies are unadorned, they're not particularly fancy, I think they're kind of workmanlike in some ways, focusing on the writing and the acting.

Tags: Acting, Movies  ✍ Author: Ben Affleck

I think we can question whether degrees are antediluvian. Online learning has flexibility. Why not master courses in energy, writing, communications, and engineering and get a credential?

Tags: Learning, Why  ✍ Author: John Agar

What's great is that starting a blog can get you lot of attention for your writing. But it doesn't have to be for anybody other than yourself.

Tags: Great, Yourself  ✍ Author: Dianna Agron

I'm most happy when I am writing at night, because I need space and time to write.

Tags: Happy, Time  ✍ Author: Cecelia Ahern

I write my novels longhand. I love the feeling of writing; I love to see pen on paper. It feels more creative than typing, and it's a more visual process for me - I can picture the entire scene in my head and am merely writing what I see.

Tags: Feeling, Love  ✍ Author: Cecelia Ahern

And the thing about me is, I have a lot of mellow songs, because they're the easiest for me to write. I wanted to try to make some more upbeat songs, so, I ended up gravitating toward writing songs with friends, which was a great learning process, and also we came up with great songs. Those are the songs that came out the most naturally.

Tags: Great, Learning  ✍ Author: Priscilla Ahn

When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.

Tags: Freedom, Hope  ✍ Author: John Adams
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Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

Tags: Simply, Thinking  ✍ Author: Isaac Asimov

Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be.

Tags: Time, Write  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

I am never going to have anything more to do with politics or politicians. When this war is over I shall confine myself entirely to writing and painting.

Tags: Politics, War  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.

Tags: Reading, Ready  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.

Tags: Good, Words  ✍ Author: Joan Baez

Writing is my obsession, my passion. My relationship with it is one of the most complex and agonizing and richly vexing that I have in my life.

Tags: Life, Passion  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

Writing stories is the habit of lying put to good use.

Tags: Good, Put  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

I didn't start writing so that I could more deeply know myself. I was bored of myself, my life, my childhood, my hometown. I started writing as a way to know others, to get away from myself.

Tags: Bored, Life  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

Writing is my primary way of expressing myself.

Tags: Expressing, Primary  ✍ Author: Anita Baker

Yeah, I have the detail-obsessed, controlling personality of a novelist, but I somehow ended up writing plays.

Tags: Somehow, Yeah  ✍ Author: Anita Baker

I think growing up in a small town, the kind of people I met in my small town, they still haunt me. I find myself writing about them over and over again.

Tags: Again, Small  ✍ Author: Anita Baker

I was 22 and stopped writing plays, and I didn't start again until I was 25. I was writing badly. In college, I attempted to write these more conventional plays, but the theater I loved was downtown experimental theater. I didn't feel like I could do that either. It didn't occur to me to do my own thing.

Tags: Again, Start  ✍ Author: Anita Baker

The standard of writing that I'm getting now from 'Big Finish' compares very favourably with some of the stuff I was doing on screen in the '80s.

Tags: Big, Getting  ✍ Author: Colin Baker

I hadn't played any music since freshman year of college, more than thirty years ago, so I had to relearn everything. I started writing songs. Some were dance and trance songs (I listen to them a lot while I'm writing), and some were love songs, because that after all is what music is about - dancing and trancing and love and love's setbacks.

Tags: Love, Music  ✍ Author: Nicholson Baker

While I was writing I assumed it would be published under a pseudonym, and that liberated me: what I wrote was exactly what I wanted to read.

Tags: Wanted, While  ✍ Author: Nicholson Baker

A man writing a letter is a man in the act of thinking, and it was an exercise Reagan obviously enjoyed. After his first meeting with Gorbachev, for example, he sent a 'Dear Murph' letter about it to his old friend George Murphy, a former senator and actor who had once played Reagan's father in a film.

Tags: Father, Friend  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

Letter writing was clearly important to Reagan. Even as president he kept dashing off letters to friends, pen pals, media people, statesmen, critics, and the kind of people who write to presidents never expecting a reply.

Tags: Friends, Off  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any.

Tags: Real, Work  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

There is a growing literature about the multitude of journalism's problems, but most of it is concerned with the editorial side of the business, possibly because most people competent to write about journalism are not comfortable writing about finance.

Tags: Business, Finance  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

I called the doctor, during writing the book, the psychiatrist who treated me at that time, Dr. Jackson. And I said, Dr. Jackson, whole pieces are missing. I don't understand what happened to me.

Tags: Book, Time  ✍ Author: Jim Bakker

Depending on what happens with my directing career, I don't think I'll stop writing, even if I crash and burn in movies and TV. I'll go back to plays. Even if I crash and burn there, I'll write a novel. That's the great thing about writing is that you don't have to wait for people to give you permission to do it.

Tags: Great, Movies  ✍ Author: Alan Ball

I love to direct! I get really jazzed by directing, but directing is not the same kind of personal expression, the same kind of personal intimate expression that writing is. Because when you're directing, you're basically managing, basically getting out of people doing their job, except when you see them going astray.

Tags: Job, Love  ✍ Author: Alan Ball

Yes, sometimes I think that all my writing is nothing more than the compensatory work of a frustrated painter.

Tags: Sometimes, Work  ✍ Author: J. G. Ballard

Writing a novel is one of those modern rites of passage, I think, that lead us from an innocent world of contentment, drunkenness, and good humor, to a state of chronic edginess and the perpetual scanning of bank statements.

Tags: Good, Humor  ✍ Author: J. G. Ballard

It's a dismally lonely business, writing.

Tags: Business, Lonely  ✍ Author: Toni Cade Bambara

My background was producing and writing and performing in television when I started out, and I really missed that, that whole creative process that comes from sort of 'me' storytelling.

Tags: Creative, Whole  ✍ Author: Eric Bana

I get caught up in my bubble of reading, writing, or music.

Tags: Music, Reading  ✍ Author: Antonio Banderas

'Olive Kitteridge' is a masterpiece: The writing is so perfect you don't even notice it; the story is so vivid it's less like reading a story than experiencing it firsthand.

Tags: Perfect, Story  ✍ Author: Lester Bangs

You get so caught up in what you're writing - action sequences tend to do that more than anything else because you're living it, and feeling for your characters.

Tags: Feeling, Living  ✍ Author: Iain Banks

You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it- writing's a double skill, really.

Tags: Saying, Worth  ✍ Author: Iain Banks

I don't really do themes. I might accidentally, but themes are an emergent phenomena of the writing of the book, of just trying to get a story out there.

Tags: Book, Trying  ✍ Author: Iain Banks

I love writing and can't imagine not being able to do it. I want an easy life and if it had been difficult I wouldn't be doing it. I do admire writers who do it even though it costs them.

Tags: Life, Love  ✍ Author: Iain Banks

I find writing for children much easier. I don't mean it's less demanding - you've got to have a talent for it and you've got to work very hard - but you don't have to pull your guts out and lay them on the line in quite the same way as when you're writing for adults.

Tags: Children, Work  ✍ Author: Lynne Reid Banks

Through writing, through that process, they realize that they become more intelligent, and more honest and more imaginative than they can be in any other part of their life.

Tags: Become, Life  ✍ Author: Russell Banks

Although I still occasionally paint and draw, my life has now been shaped by my writing.

Tags: Life, Paint  ✍ Author: Russell Banks

The best thing about writing programs is that it rationalized the apprenticeship of a writer.

Tags: Best, Writer  ✍ Author: Russell Banks

But really, it was reading that led me to writing. And in particular, reading the American classics like Twain who taught me at an early age that ordinary lives of ordinary people can be made into high art.

Tags: Age, Art  ✍ Author: Russell Banks

If you dedicate your attention to discipline in your life you become smarter while you are writing than while you are hanging out with your pals or in any other line of work.

Tags: Life, Work  ✍ Author: Russell Banks

I used to love writing in my journal.

Tags: Love, Used  ✍ Author: Tyra Banks

My stories run up and bite me on the leg - I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off.

Tags: Idea, Off  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

The answer to all writing, to any career for that matter, is love.

Tags: Career, Love  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

I have my favorite cat, who is my paperweight, on my desk while I am writing.

Tags: Favorite, While  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

All of my writing is God-given.

 ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

You fail only if you stop writing.

Tags: Fail, Stop  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.

Tags: Drunk, Reality  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it.

Tags: Love, Someone  ✍ Author: Ray Bradbury

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.

Tags: Doubt, Him  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

Now my drug is writing or acting, being creative.

Tags: Acting, Creative  ✍ Author: Scott Caan

The reason I started writing movies was because I kept getting parts that I just kind of stepped into. I didn't have to do a lot of work and I ended up getting sort of bored.

Tags: Movies, Work  ✍ Author: Scott Caan

But with writing, all you need is a pad of paper.

Tags: Pad, Paper  ✍ Author: Scott Caan

I think you get so wrapped up in the book you're currently writing, it's hard to think about anything else. But I know as soon as I'm done with this book, I'll move on to something else.

Tags: Book, Hard  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

If you're writing a screenplay, you need to be prepared to let go: there's a good chance the words you write aren't going to be the ones that end up on screen.

Tags: End, Good  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

In high school, I wanted to be an actress. Until I got to college and took some creative writing courses. Then I decided I wanted to become a novelist.

Tags: Become, School  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

In high school, I was very active in extracurricular activities such as art, theatre, and choir. I also wrote for the school newspaper, but not regularly, because I never liked writing non-fiction very much.

Tags: Art, School  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.

Tags: Advice, Give  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby - except watching TV and laying around the pool reading 'U.S. Weekly.' I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken.

Tags: Guitar, Job  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

One of the biggest motivations for me with writing my books is to offer girls some escapism, especially girls who really need it, like I did.

Tags: Biggest, Books  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

Writing is a workout, just like going for a run!

Tags: Run, Workout  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

It's often hilarious to me that I'm writing about Tonga or some tropical place and there's a blizzard outside and the cows are on their backs with their hooves in the air.

Tags: Often, Place  ✍ Author: James Cagney

'Rolling Stone' had started something called 'Outside,' and since I was one of two people in the office that liked going outside, I was pegged to work on it. The concept of the magazine was simple: literate writing about the out-of-doors. I jumped at the opportunity.

Tags: Simple, Work  ✍ Author: James Cagney

Publishing your work is important. Even if you are giving a piece to some smaller publication for free, you will learn something about your writing. The editor will say something, friends will mention it. You will learn.

Tags: Giving, Work  ✍ Author: James Cagney

The dirty little secret about adventure writing is that something has to go wrong.

Tags: Secret, Wrong  ✍ Author: James Cagney

You become a better writer by writing. You become a better travel writer by writing about travel.

Tags: Become, Travel  ✍ Author: James Cagney

As one of the first editors at 'Outside' magazine in 1975, it was my contention that most American writing going back to James Fennimore Cooper and then through Twain up to Hemingway had been outdoor writing. At that time, adventure writing meant stuff like 'Saga' or 'Argosy.' 'Death Race with the Jungle Leper Army!' That kind of thing.

Tags: Death, Time  ✍ Author: James Cagney

I write early in the morning. I just wake up whenever I feel awake and I have to be sitting and writing pretty soon after that. If I take too long to think about the impossibility of what I'm trying to, I'll be defeated by it.

Tags: Morning, Trying  ✍ Author: James Cagney

Well, I started writing songs about three years ago when I learned to play the guitar, but I've been singing since I was eleven.

Tags: Guitar, Learned  ✍ Author: Colbie Caillat

Writing is my therapy. My feelings build up inside of me and then I sit down and write a song.

Tags: Feelings, Write  ✍ Author: Colbie Caillat

Whenever I'm on tour and I'm in my hotel room and I'm writing and playing my guitar, I go in the bathroom and I record whatever I'm writing in there. It's just what I love to do.

Tags: Guitar, Love  ✍ Author: Colbie Caillat

Anyone can write. But comedy, you've got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas.

Tags: Comedy, Write  ✍ Author: Michael Caine

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

Tags: Movie, Reading  ✍ Author: John Cale

That's what my life is, writing songs.

Tags: Life, Songs  ✍ Author: John Cale

My new house has a deck that wraps around my writing room; my writing room has many windows, and outside the windows I've hung bird feeders... for enticing different species. So I imagine I will be writing about that.

Tags: Bird, House  ✍ Author: Julia Cameron

In writing a series of stories about the same characters, plan the whole series in advance in some detail, to avoid contradictions and inconsistencies.

Tags: Plan, Whole  ✍ Author: L. Sprague de Camp

To me, there's no point in writing merely to entertain.

Tags: Entertain, Point  ✍ Author: Bebe Moore Campbell

Writing is so wrapped up in ego, but with math one is just trying to get it right, although you're often wrong. I think math helped me become a good critic of myself, come at writing a little less personally.

Tags: Ego, Good  ✍ Author: Billy Campbell
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