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Poison Terrible

It's a terrible poison, writing.

- A. S. Byatt


I like writing idealistically, romantically and swashbucklingly.

- Aaron Sorkin

Need Stamina

In writing, as in medicine, there are no short cuts. You need stamina.

- Abraham Verghese

Treat Very

My approach is to treat writing very much as a job.

- Adam Mansbach

Lot Asked

When I'm directing, I'm pretty much not writing, but when I'm not directing I am writing a lot. It's strange: people have asked me what my schedule is and what is my process like, and I can't even answer it. I don't keep regular hours.

- Adam Rapp

Think Song

I really didn't think about song writing.

- Adam Rich

Like Buddies

I like sitting and writing with my buddies.

- Adam Sandler

Tell Part

When you're writing for a show, you're writing part of the script. You have to tell the story.

- Adam Schlesinger


Writing is my therapy.

- Adam Silvera

Directing Aspect

I'm interested in film - any aspect - acting, directing, writing.

- Adam West

Most Ever

The most fun I ever have is sitting in with Rick writing, and we laugh at our own jokes.

- Adrian Edmondson

Decided Moved

When we moved to Australia in 2008, I decided to try to live off the writing.

- Adrian McKinty

Like Essays

I don't like writing essays or theory.

- Adrian Mitchell

Big Movie

I'm directing and writing the 'Big Stone Gap' movie.

- Adriana Trigiani

I Think Deal

Being a director, just to begin with, is just, I think, one of the hardest jobs just because you have to work in every way. You have to work with actors, you have to be involved with the producers and the writing and the action. Every department comes to you; you have to deal with everything.

- Agnes Bruckner


I hate writing.

- Al Alvarez

Started About

I started writing when I was about thirteen.

- Al Purdy

Been Full Time

I've been writing full-time since 1978.

- Alan Dean Foster

Here Songs

When you write songs, you're writing little bits here, little bits there.

- Albert Hammond, Jr.

Unknown Me

Writing is not an unknown territory for me.

- Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Will Use

Any experience that isn't fun is probably something I will at least use in my writing someday.

- Alex Flinn

More Other

There's something to be said for writing in the morning. At other points in the day, you're a bit more defensive.

- Alex Turner

Book Crime

Writing a book is not a crime.

- Alexander Ahndoril

Fiction Just

Writing fiction, I really just sit there and it just comes.

- Alexander McCall Smith

Happy Be Happy

As long as I'm writing stuff and people are reading it, I'll be happy.

- Alexandra Petri

Lobster Sold

I started writing 'The Lobster Kings' the day after I sold my first novel, 'Touch.'

- Alexi Zentner

Better Still

The worst day of writing is still better than the best day of telemarketing.

- Alexi Zentner

Better About

If you realize early what your influence is, you can have a better understanding of what you are writing about.

- Alexi Zentner

Me Saved

Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence.

- Alice Walker

Mother Before

My mother says I was writing before I was crawling. I wrote in the dirt with a twig.

- Alice Walker

My Time Occupying

I was writing and I have three kids. I was occupying my time with them but it was difficult.

- Alison Moyet

Enjoy Born

I'm not a born writer, and I don't enjoy writing.

- Alistair Maclean

More Form

Writing is something I should have done more of, it's a form of coming home.

- Amanda Harlech

Role Actor

As an actor, my main focus is finding good writing and attacking a good role.

- Amanda Peet

Better Every Day

My personal writing philosophy is to try and write better every day.

- Amity Gaige

Character Sentence

Early on in the writing, there is often a sentence that pins down a character for me.

- Amor Towles

Process Lot

My writing process, such as it is, consists of a lot of noodling, procrastinating, dawdling, and avoiding.

- Amy Bloom

Gift Someone

Writing is an extreme privilege but it's also a gift. It's a gift to yourself and it's a gift of giving a story to someone.

- Amy Tan

Living Desk

My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.

- Anais Nin

Never Shortcomings

I have a great many shortcomings, but writing for something on time has never bothered me.

- Andre Previn

Going Lot

A lot of writing's going down dead ends that don't go anywhere.

- Andrew Dominik

Down Superstition

I have a terrible superstition of writing things down.

- Andrew Scott

Me Synthesizer

For me, the guitar synthesizer is a great writing instrument.

- Andy Summers

About Really

I don't care about writing really.

- Ang Lee

Activism Form

Writing is a form of activism.

- Angie Thomas

Found Books

In non-fiction, I found John Gardner's two writing books to be tremendously helpful.

- Ann Leckie

Some Weeks

Some weeks there's no writing, and some weeks are full of writing.

- Ann Packer

Book Doing

I'm publicizing the book that's done. I'm writing the book that's in the hopper, and I'm doing a little advance research on the book to come.

- Ann Rule

Fantasy Subtle

Publishers often push women in a subtle way to focus on fantasy and paranormal writing.

- Annalee Newitz

Surprise Form

Writing in a strict form can surprise you.

- Anne Stevenson

Road Me

For me, writing something down was the only road out.

- Anne Tyler

Human Beings Sides

I'm interested in writing that explores all sides of human beings.

- Annette Bening

Myself Expressing

Writing is my primary way of expressing myself.

- Annie Baker

Personality Plays

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

- Annie Baker

Grace Sensation

At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it.

- Annie Dillard

Love I Love

I love writing different things.

- Anthony Horowitz

Real Obstacle

Research is not an obstacle, something to be frightened of. It can be one of the real joys of writing.

- Anthony Marra

Well Easily

There is no way of writing well and also of writing easily.

- Anthony Trollope

Major Writers

That is my major concern: writers who are in prison for writing.

- Antonia Fraser

Envisage Stopping

I can't envisage stopping writing.

- Antony Beevor

World Even

It is easier to rewrite anything - even the worst writing in the world - than it is to write something from scratch.

- Antony Johnston

Painting Drawing

When I'm painting and drawing I only do people. Acting is obviously portraiture - and writing is as well.

- Antony Sher

Business Had

I'm not a polemicist; I had no business writing a polemic.

- Ariel Levy

Mysteries Readers

I've included these little jokes and mysteries in my writing for the amusement of readers.

- Armistead Maupin

Art Definitely

Writing is possibly an art, but crime writing is definitely a craft.

- Ashwin Sanghi


I enjoy writing.

- Charles Cumming

My Own Own

I started writing my own things when I was about 8.

- Charli XCX

Like Grammy

I'd like my writing to be recognized with a Grammy.

- Chely Wright

Well Genres

Writing a novel that crosses genres is a risk, but one well worth taking.

- Chet Williamson

Act Actually

I can act... I do a little writing as well. And I'm good at typing. I'm a creative typist, actually.

- Chris Colfer

Me Actor

Being an actor started me writing, and that led to directing.

- Chris Eigeman


Writing is a solitary occupation; we don't really have any colleagues.

- Chris Pavone

Want Will

Who will want to write if writing doesn't pay?

- Chris Pavone

Love Process

The writing process isn't something I'm in love with. I'm an illustrator who writes.

- Chris Riddell

Real Power Comics

The real power of comics is writing as you draw.

- Chris Ware

Always Conclusions

I have epiphanies all the time, because I'm always thinking. I'm a thinker. I'm always writing poetry, I'm always coming to conclusions.

- Chrisette Michele

Ability Stems

My writing ability all stems from the blues.

- Christine McVie

Wanted Old

I was writing from the time I was 12 years old, but I originally wanted to be a novelist.

- Christopher McQuarrie

String Whether

Whether it's string writing or whatever, I try to write for what each instrumentalist can do best.

- Chuck Mangione

Feedback Wide

I'm not a writing group member, not a joiner in that way. I don't seek a wide swath of feedback.

- Claire Messud

Like Charles

Writing Charles Dickens' biography is like writing five biographies.

- Claire Tomalin

Book End

The book doesn't end when you finish writing it.

- Claire Tomalin

Art Reading

There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.

- Clarence Day

Hoped Series

When I started writing, I just hoped for a nice little paperback series.

- Clive Cussler


The amount of writing that people do online is astonishing, and historically unprecedented.

- Clive Thompson

Comedy Very

A good comedy's very hard to make, so good comic writing I really enjoy.

- Colm Meaney

Creative Writing

My first semester, I got a D in creative writing.

- Conrad Hall

Art Painting

Painting and writing are solitary arts.

- Conrad Hall

Started Songs

I started writing songs when I started learning guitar.

- Courtney Barnett

Rock Own

Rock is all about writing your own script; it's all about pioneering.

- Courtney Love

Getting Took

Writing 'Magneto' as part of a team took a little getting used to.

- Cullen Bunn

Obsession Read

I read in order to write. I read out of obsession with writing.

- Cynthia Ozick

Human Being Like

All writing is presumption, of course, since no one knows what it is like to be another human being.

- Cynthia Ozick

Records Actually

Actually I was writing with people that didn't get records.

- Cynthia Weil

Best Part Part

There is the great creative part of it. The writing is the best part.

- Cynthia Weil

Growing Always

I'm always writing and learning. It's about growth. So I'm growing as a musician, as a guitarist.

- D'Angelo

Good Writing Go

You have to go where the good writing is.

- Damian Lewis

Moments Lot

There aren't a lot of 'Aha!' moments in writing.

- Damon Galgut

Process Loved

I loved the writing process. I loved it.

- Dana Perino

College Learned

I went to college, but I learned to write by reading - and writing.

- Daniel Pinkwater