Writing Quotes

Writing an encyclopedia is hard. To do anywhere near a decent job, you have to know a great deal of information about an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Writing so much text is difficult, but doing all the background research seems impossible. Aaron Swartz

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The Arab World is writing a new future; the pen is in our own hands. Abdullah II of Jordan

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Things I used to get in trouble for writing at 'SNL,' suddenly other people like it. Adam McKay

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

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I think in most cases, when you're writing a song, you're just making up a little story, and you're not really thinking about making a point one way or another about it. You're just coming up with a little scenario and seeing it through, and that's it. Adam Schlesinger

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I always have to be thinking about who's going to be singing this song, what the context is. I don't sit around just writing in a vacuum, ever. Adam Schlesinger

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With writing, I can express myself, really, and share my ideas and just let my thoughts flow out. Adora Svitak

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I think one of the keys to better writing is releasing all of your ideas and to not be afraid. Dream big. This could be the greatest novel in the world you know. Adora Svitak

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I wanted to be as invisible as possible as an artist. I wanted to differentiate between myself and who I'm writing about. Adrian Tomine

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I intentionally approached each story in 'Killing and Dying' in a different way, and that includes the writing process. Adrian Tomine

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I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with. Alan Bennett

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I started out when I was 29 - too young to write novels. I was broke. I was on unemployment insurance. I was supposed to be writing a Ph.D. dissertation, so I had a typewriter and a lot of paper. Alan Furst

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I started writing in my 20s. I just wanted to write, but I didn't have anything to write about, so in the beginning, I wrote entertainments - mainly murder mysteries. Alan Furst

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I've evolved in my writing to tell a more emotional story - my publisher, Random House, has urged that. Alan Furst

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I could not spend the rest of my life sitting in Brazil writing down who called whom uncle and aunt. Alan Furst

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I never got any training in how to write novels as an English major at Oberlin, but I got some great training for writing novels from anthropology and from Margaret Mead. Alan Furst

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You know, I became a director out of necessity. I was writing comedies, and I couldn't find anybody to deliver it correctly. Albert Brooks

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In the course of my movies, the financing and the releasing were always the tough part. Because I loved the creative; I loved the writing. I loved the making of it. Because, I guess, I never had the giant blockbuster, I never got that sort of ease for the next one. Albert Brooks

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In my writing, as much as I could, I tried to find the good, and praise it. Alex Haley

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I guess if you want me to stop writing horrible, mean takedowns of everyone, give me a really, really cushy columnist gig. Alex Pareene

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Conservatives don't want to read good, smart books. They mostly want to read Fox and talk radio hosts writing about presidents. Alex Pareene

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Sometimes, writing songs is like waiting in for deliveries. They give you a window, and your washing machine is going to show up, whether the window is the album or something you're thinking, like, 'This thing is going to come to me.' Alex Turner

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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

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You don't meet that many people that you can talk about Roots Manuva with, but that was my favorite in school, this record of his called 'Run Come Save Me.' When I first started writing lyrics, it came from that. Alex Turner

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At first, teaching was more or less a straightforward way of making a living and having access to institutional resources while writing - aka libraries. And that was not inconsiderable. But it didn't in any way touch the writing. Maybe it would push the writing aside sometimes, but mostly it was fine. Alexander Chee

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I'm a novelist. I'm not a crusader, and I'm not an editorial writer. And I'm not writing fiction to convince anybody of anything. Alice McDermott

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I was the youngest; I had two imperious older brothers - I didn't get to often complete sentences at the dinner table. So writing was a way of saying what nobody asked me to say. Alice McDermott

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No one looks at a baby and says, 'You are going to be a great novelist, and you really need to start writing now.' Something in us says: 'This is what I must do.' Alice McDermott

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In twenty years I've never had a day when I didn't have to think about someone else's needs. And this means the writing has to be fitted around it. Alice Munro

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I've often made revisions at that stage that turned out to be mistakes because I wasn't really in the rhythm of the story anymore. I see a little bit of writing that doesn't seem to be doing as much work as it should be doing, and right at the end, I will sort of rev it up. But when I finally read the story again, it seems a bit obtrusive. Alice Munro

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