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My father was a psychiatrist and a social worker but he was a very talented painter and musician and writer on the side.

Tags: Father, Social  ✍ Author: Tunde Adebimpe

I'm a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor.

Tags: Actor, Amateur  ✍ Author: Ben Affleck

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.

Tags: Amateur, Quit  ✍ Author: Richard Bach

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.

Tags: Books, Lover  ✍ Author: Gaston Bachelard

As a writer, my main objective is to tell the story urgently - as if whispering it into one ear - and to know the characters intimately.

Tags: Story, Tell  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

Blanche is written with a terrible authority, the authority that comes from artistic necessity when the writer is compelled to write by his demon, rather than by his agent or promoter.

Tags: Rather, Write  ✍ Author: Paul Bailey

I want to be an honest man and a good writer.

Tags: Good, Honest  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

The responsibility of a writer is to excavate the experience of the people who produced him.

Tags: Experience, Him  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.

Tags: Good, Sound  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

Given that external reality is a fiction, the writer's role is almost superfluous. He does not need to invent the fiction because it is already there.

Tags: Almost, Reality  ✍ Author: J. G. Ballard

The job of the writer is to make revolution irresistible.

Tags: Job, Revolution  ✍ Author: Toni Cade Bambara

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

Tags: Best, Writing  ✍ Author: Russell Banks

I never knew a writer yet who took the smallest pains with his style and was at the same time readable.

Tags: Knew, Time  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

Usually writer's block arises when something is wrong internally with the story.

Tags: Story, Wrong  ✍ Author: Meg Cabot

Being famous as a writer is like being famous in a village. It's not really any very heady fame.

Tags: Fame, Famous  ✍ Author: Peter Carey

A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer.

Tags: Cosmetic, Dealer  ✍ Author: Anton Chekhov

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this writer completely drained. For those two hours he has been in a different place with totally different people.

Tags: Place, Writing  ✍ Author: Roald Dahl

The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it.

Tags: Drink, Needs  ✍ Author: Roald Dahl

On cable now, the writer is king. Any actor chases that.

Tags: Actor, King  ✍ Author: Jeff Daniels

I spent 20 years of my career primarily being a writer for hire.

Tags: Career, Hire  ✍ Author: Frank Darabont

I just don't see myself as a travel writer. I can't. I don't.

Tags: Travel  ✍ Author: Robyn Davidson

The quality of what is said inevitably influences the way in which it is said, however inexperienced the writer.

Tags: Quality, Said  ✍ Author: Robertson Davies
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As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a writer.

Tags: Remember, Wanted  ✍ Author: Michael Easton

I never know as a writer when I set out into a novel where it's going to take me.

Tags: Novel  ✍ Author: Kim Edwards

How do I tell people who I am? Not being a writer, the only way is to sing songs that reflect my opinions.

Tags: Opinions, Tell  ✍ Author: Cass Elliot

There's one good kind of writer - a dead one.

Tags: Dead, Good  ✍ Author: James T. Farrell

I'm a better writer than I am a singer, and I express myself easily through writing.

Tags: Singer, Writing  ✍ Author: Rebecca Ferguson

I have never stopped considering not becoming a writer.

Tags: Becoming, Stopped  ✍ Author: Lou Ferrigno

There is a contract between the reader and the writer. The readers give me their hard-earned cash, and I have to entertain them.

Tags: Between, Give  ✍ Author: Jasper Fforde

When you're an author, you're always two people. Jasper the writer is different from Jasper the person at home.

Tags: Author, Home  ✍ Author: Jasper Fforde

When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic. I say writer.

Tags: Critic, Somebody  ✍ Author: Leslie Fiedler

Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer.

Tags: Comic, Thought  ✍ Author: Leslie Fiedler

Raymond Carver is good. I think he'll be appreciated more and more. He's an easy writer to imitate.

Tags: Easy, Good  ✍ Author: Leslie Fiedler

Only a writer who has the sense of evil can make goodness readable.

Tags: Evil, Sense  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

Letters have to pass two tests before they can be classed as good: they must express the personality both of the writer and of the recipient.

Tags: Both, Good  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

Tags: Surprise, Tears  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.

Tags: Reader, True  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

Somehow, as a writer, you tend to use words to paper over structural cracks.

Tags: Paper, Words  ✍ Author: Stephen Fry

There is nothing more distressing or tiresome than a writer standing in front of an audience and reading his work.

Tags: Reading, Work  ✍ Author: William Gaddis

I'm a fairly undisciplined writer.

Tags: Fairly  ✍ Author: Neil Gaiman

I believe that the writer should tell a story. I believe in plot. I believe in creating characters and suspense.

Tags: Story, Tell  ✍ Author: Ernest Gaines

I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to say something about home.

Tags: Home, Wanted  ✍ Author: Ernest Gaines

The writer's room is a really interesting place to be.

Tags: Place, Room  ✍ Author: Sunil Gangopadhyay

For a long period in my life - it lasted about 10 years - I had writer's block.

Tags: Life, Period  ✍ Author: Mary Garden

My biggest excuse to others and myself was that I had writer's block, as if it was some kind of illness.

Tags: Illness, Others  ✍ Author: Mary Garden

I'm not the most detailed writer. I have a tendency to be more action-oriented vs. descriptive.

Tags: Detailed, Tendency  ✍ Author: John W. Gardner

I'm not a disciplined writer.

 ✍ Author: Janeane Garofalo

George Orwell is a pinnacle writer, for his combination of moral insight and literary writing.

Tags: Moral, Writing  ✍ Author: Atul Gawande

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

Tags: Happens, Writing  ✍ Author: Clifford Geertz

Listen to advice. You don't know how many writer's conferences I've taught at where at least half the audience fights all the conventions of the field.

Tags: Advice, Listen  ✍ Author: Moses Hadas

Becoming a mother has helped make me a tougher, stronger writer.

Tags: Mother, Stronger  ✍ Author: Sammy Hagar

I don't think of myself as a director or writer. I think of myself as a filmmaker.

Tags: Director, Filmmaker  ✍ Author: Conrad Hall

When I'm out and about, I'll text or email myself from my phone. A smart phone is a great tool for a writer.

Tags: Great, Smart  ✍ Author: Ryan Hall

I was quite a reader before I became a writer.

Tags: Quite, Reader  ✍ Author: Tom T. Hall

As a writer, I am constantly aware that I take my life in my hands with everything I do and say. It's just a fact of life. For me it always has been.

Tags: Fact, Life  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Being a writer is not the point. Writing is.

Tags: Point, Writing  ✍ Author: Philip Gilbert Hamerton

One of my rules is never explain. A writer is a lot like a magician, if you explain how the trick works then a lot of the magic turns mundane.

Tags: Magic, Rules  ✍ Author: Laurell K. Hamilton

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

Tags: Dogs, Working  ✍ Author: Christopher Hampton

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer. A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay, but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.

Tags: May, Serious  ✍ Author: Ernest Hemingway

The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters.

Tags: Between, Difficult  ✍ Author: Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I am a writer of fragments.

Tags: Fragments  ✍ Author: Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I am the only British writer who writes in Spanish.

Tags: British, Spanish  ✍ Author: Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I do not consider myself a Hispanic writer.

Tags: Consider, Hispanic  ✍ Author: Guillermo Cabrera Infante

I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this, then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself.

Tags: Write, Writers  ✍ Author: Guillermo Cabrera Infante

And I find - I'm 63, and my capacity to be by myself and just spend time by myself hasn't diminished any. That's the necessary part of being a writer, you better like being alone.

Tags: Alone, Time  ✍ Author: John Irving

There's no reason you shouldn't, as a writer, not be aware of the necessity to revise yourself constantly.

Tags: Reason, Yourself  ✍ Author: John Irving

I'm a schoolteacher and a writer. So that's what I do.

 ✍ Author: Brandon T. Jackson

You have to pretend to live in those clothes that they lived in, to live within the climate that they had then. You have to imagine with the help, obviously, of all the other technicians that are around - the writer, the director, the other actors.

Tags: Help, Within  ✍ Author: Derek Jacobi

I'm not a great writer.

Tags: Great  ✍ Author: Clive James

I hold any writer sufficiently justified who is himself in love with his theme.

Tags: Himself, Love  ✍ Author: Henry James

I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.

Tags: Expression, French  ✍ Author: Tahar Ben Jelloun

I am a super-confident writer, and as a joke writer and as an actress, I'm like, 'I want to go head-to-head with every person.' I am an Indian woman and I'm a kind of double minority in this world.

Tags: Joke, Woman  ✍ Author: Mindy Kaling

I'm not as good a writer as I'd like to be; therefore, I like to use images to tell stories.

Tags: Good, Tell  ✍ Author: Tibor Kalman

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

Tags: Fact, Public  ✍ Author: Bob Kane

This sort of encouragement is vital for any writer. And lastly the publication of Touching the Flame, which was on hold for two years and went through a few publishers before finding a stable home.

Tags: Few, Home  ✍ Author: Gil Kane

The thing I have to do as a writer, and that God permits me to do, is that I have to be willing to fail.

Tags: Fail, God  ✍ Author: Mary Karr

And as a writer, one of the things that I've always been interested in doing is actually invading your comfort space. Because that's what we're supposed to do. Get under your skin, and make you react.

Tags: Actually, Space  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

If I can make a living as a writer, I can do anything.

Tags: Living  ✍ Author: John LaFarge

I came to the conclusion that I am not a fiction writer.

Tags: Conclusion, Fiction  ✍ Author: Tim LaHaye

I can't say that I ever actually decided to become a writer. It kind of snuck up on me.

Tags: Actually, Become  ✍ Author: Martin Landau

Well, I outline fanatically. I am a long thinker and a slow writer, though I am trying to get faster.

Tags: Though, Trying  ✍ Author: Martin Landau

When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous.

Tags: Poetry, Thought  ✍ Author: Norman MacCaig

I'm a very conceptual writer.

Tags: Conceptual  ✍ Author: Macklemore

It is one test of a fully developed writer that he reminds us of no one but himself.

Tags: Himself, Test  ✍ Author: Richard Madden

It's rare to work on a series without a writer. If you have a question about a line, then phone calls have to be made.

Tags: Question, Work  ✍ Author: Rebecca Mader

I thought they would never select an Eastern writer for the Nobel. I was surprised.

Tags: Surprised, Thought  ✍ Author: Naguib Mahfouz

It is simply not part of my culture to preserve notes. I have never heard of a writer preserving his early drafts.

Tags: Culture, Simply  ✍ Author: Naguib Mahfouz

Every writer has to find their own way into writing.

Tags: Writing  ✍ Author: Margaret Mahy

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

Tags: Eye, Looking  ✍ Author: Bernard Malamud

It's very hard to be a gentleman and a writer.

Tags: Gentleman, Hard  ✍ Author: W. Somerset Maugham

The writer is more concerned to know than to judge.

Tags: Concerned, Judge  ✍ Author: W. Somerset Maugham

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.

Tags: Poet, Step  ✍ Author: W. Somerset Maugham

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

Tags: Poet, Scientist  ✍ Author: Vladimir Nabokov

I'm the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.

Tags: Reading  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

I'm thought to be a tough writer, but I'm really a softie.

Tags: Thought, Tough  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

If a writer doesn't generate hostility, he is dead.

Tags: Dead, Hostility  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

My publisher, who was so good as a taster and editor, when she became a writer, lo and behold, it was all this feminine tosh.

Tags: Good, She  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography - will always have this incompleteness.

Tags: Biography  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

The writer is all alone.

Tags: Alone  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul

An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally.

Tags: Facts, Lies  ✍ Author: V. S. Naipaul
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