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The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector. This is the writer's radar and all great writers have had it.
Ernest Hemingway writers
When you consider that there are a thousand ways to express even the simplest idea, it is no wonder writers are under a great strain...
E. B. White writers
Russia, France, Germany and China. They revere their writers. America is still a frontier country that almost shudders at the idea of creative expression.
James A. Michener writers
At first critics classified authors as Ancients, that is to say, Greek and Latin authors, and Moderns, that is to say, every post-Classical Author. Then they classified them by eras, the Augustans, the Victorians, etc., and now they classify them by decades, the writers of the '30's, '40's, etc. Very soon, it seems, they will be labeling authors, like automobiles, by the year.
W. H. Auden writers
writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
Isaac Asimov writers
The modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.
Galileo Galilei writers
1) Writers who write for other writers should write letters.
Larry Niven writers
All those writers who write about their own childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.
Dorothy Parker writers
We Americans have yet to really learn our own antecedents, and sort them, to unify them. They will be found ampler than has been supposed, and in widely different sources. Thus far, impress'd by New England writers and schoolmasters, we tacitly abandon ourselves to the notion that our United States has been fashion'd from the British Islands only, and essentially form a second England only — which is a very great mistake.
Walt Whitman writers
Some one said: "The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did." Precisely, and they are that which we know.
T. S. Eliot writers
The Theophilanthropists do not call themselves the disciples of such or such a man. They avail themselves of the wise precepts that have been transmitted by writers of all countries and in all ages.
Thomas Paine writers
As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent.
Oliver Goldsmith writers
Like every writer, he measured the virtues of other writers by their performance, and asked that they measure him by what he conjectured or planned.
Jorge Luis Borges writers
Whom the Gods wish to destroy, they first call promising. Young writers if they are to mature require a period of between three and seven years in which to live down their promise. Promise is like the mediaeval hangman who after settling the noose, pushed his victim off the platform and jumped on his back, his weight acting a drop while his jockeying arms prevented the unfortunate from loosening the rope. When he judged him dead he dropped to the ground.
Cyril Connolly writers
Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
Emil Cioran writers
Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won’t come again And don’t speak too soon For the wheel’s still in spin And there’s no tellin’ who that it’s naming.’ For the loser now will be later to win
Bob Dylan writers
All writers have concealed more than they revealed.
AnaЇs Nin writers
American writers want to be not good but great; and so are neither.
Gore Vidal writers
I do think Austin is a great town for writers; we have a lot of them here. But I grew up in Austin, and so I didn't move here because it was a creative mecca; I was just lucky to live here.
Jeff Abbott writers
'Monty Python' and 'The Simpsons' have ruined comedy for writers for the rest of our lives.
Scott Adsit writers
I have a huge respect for writers and realise that this is not an area that I find easy. I doubt that I would have the patience in front of a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.
Jenny Agutter writers
At the most basic level, I appreciate writers who have something to say.
Daniel Alarcon writers
The mercury rule writers also ignored mercury's special qualities.
Tom Allen writers
There are many more want-to-be writers out there than good editors.
Stephen Ambrose writers
I tell you what. 85 percent of the sportswriters think I'm stupid or a clown or something. They think I'm crazy.
Joaquin Andujar writers
Some journal writers choose to password-protect their site, which is either an incredibly responsible act or a paranoid one.
Jami Attenberg writers
It's no use imagining that bringing great writers together inevitably precipitates great conversation.
Edward St Aubyn writers
Writers aren't born properly labeled so it is hard to know one when one appears.
Julianna Baggott writers
You have to be careful what you say in front of comedy writers because they will absolutely make fun of it in the next episode.
David Alan Basche writers
Why do writers write? Because it isn't there.
Thomas Berger writers
Ninety-five percent of all writers who write do not get published, but 100 percent of all writers write because they have a voice in their head. The vast majority of writers simply write because they have to.
Steve Berry writers
When we created 'Goodness Gracious Me,' it was quoting 'Python' and Woody Allen lines that really bonded the writers, and the 'Spamalot' material is so utterly, wonderfully surreal that it hasn't dated.
Sanjeev Bhaskar writers
I don't want actors to be writers. I think it's too much responsibility.
Susanne Bier writers
Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers. But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
Alain de Botton writers
A storyteller is basically what actors and writers are.
Bruce Boxleitner writers
The best writers who have put pen to paper have often had a journalism background.
Rick Bragg writers
I think I'm also more open to other writers being present and listening to other opinions, whereas before I was going through my angsty teen years while making records.
Michelle Branch writers
In fact, I think for a lot of writers, it's so hard to be read.
Susie Bright writers
I know all actors are different, but I've never sat down and asked the writers, 'Where are we headed? Am I good or bad?'
Blair Brown writers
I think my fascination is less with genre figures than with writers in general.
Eric Brown writers
Don't write the book you think publishers want to commission. Plenty of other writers will be doing the same thing.
Louise Brown writers
I have learned to respect ideas, wherever they come from. Often they come from clients. Account executives often have big creative ideas, regardless of what some writers think.
Leo Burnett writers
American writers, at least those of us who are fortunate enough to support ourselves in the field, are by and large a lucky lot.
Bryan Burrough writers
I don't think that writers have any responsibility to be good neighbors to the audience.
Jez Butterworth writers
In America, I am brown; I'm 'of colour', so I would be offered Latin roles, and I've fought against that. I don't want to be put in a category, to be just offered the same sort of thing. For me, it's all about different roles, telling the stories of the great writers.
Santiago Cabrera writers
I really hesitate to say that any of my shows influenced other writers.
Stephen J. Cannell writers
Then on to all the terrific american songwriters, from Tin Pan Alley to the Beatles, from Bob Dylan to Paul Simon. Whoever wrote and sang in the song form I have appreciated.
Tom Chapin writers
I've always wanted to be a writer. Ever since I learned to read, I've wanted to share stories with others the way my favorite writers shared their stories with me.
Jennifer Chiaverini writers
I just have a thing for writers. Maybe it because I'm just so not a writer.
Patricia Clarkson writers
See, what I don't like listening to is when writers go, 'And then the person cries.' 'Or the person does this.' It's there, but it's not the Bible. I wait and see what happens to me on the day.
Kim Coates writers
I always think the insecurity is going to go away, but it's always there. Only bad writers think they're good.
Harlan Coben writers
I know white clothing is supposed to enhance that summer glow, but writers don't tan.
Diablo Cody writers
I'm one of the lucky writers: plots come easily to me.
Caroline B. Cooney writers
When the 'Guardian' is commissioning writers to write obituary pieces about you and your career... it doesn't get much nastier than that. And you've just got to go, 'It doesn't actually matter.'
James Corden writers
I spend days with writers' block. It is a problem.
Mackenzie Crook writers
I was at a picnic, and there were a lot of songwriters. I remember praying, 'God I wish you would give me a song.' About five minutes later, my ears popped, and I saw everybody in slow motion. Nobody knew what I was experiencing.
Andrae Crouch writers
As writers we must, from our very opening sentence, speak with authority to our readers.
Michael Cunningham writers
Television in the last few years has been where all the great writers are going. TV now is what indie film used to be.
Jeff Daniels writers
The writers want to know were you made your mistake, no how well your curve is breaking.
Alvin Dark writers
To practice - write each and every day if possible - then try to attend professional writer's conferences where you can learn your craft, get to know fellow writers, and meet editors and agents.
James Dashner writers
When you see two writers named on a movie, one of them did some drafts and got the boot.
Andrew Davies writers
People die from typewriters falling on their heads.
Jonathan Davis writers
I think more than writers, the major influences on me have been European movies, jazz, and Abstract Expressionism.
Don DeLillo writers
There were five writers on Blazing Saddles.
Dom DeLuise writers
I was a pretty good fighter. But it was the writers who made me great.
Jack Dempsey writers
Maybe other writers have perfect first drafts, but I am not one of them. I always try to get the book as tight as I can, but you reach a point as the author where you have lost all perspective.
Sarah Dessen writers
Them sportswriters don't even know how to put uniforms on, most of 'em.
Eric Dickerson writers
The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
E. L. Doctorow writers
The first writers are first and the rest, in the long run, nowhere but in anthologies.
Carl Clinton Van Doren writers
Young writers should definitely research the current sounds and styles.
Lamont Dozier writers
Fact-checking doesn't exist primarily because some of us are liars and cheats. It exists because writers will be writers, much as they may mean to be historians.
Alice Dreger writers
If I'm going to do a big film, I'm very choosy about what I do, because I think I want to continue - in fact I'm sure I want to continue - to stay in the realm of independent films with directors and writers who are just emerging with new ideas and a different vision that hasn't really been expressed yet.
James Duval writers
I think new writers everywhere need opportunities to get published.
Greg Egan writers
Most writers can write, most rock 'n rollers cannot.
Andrew Eldritch writers
The songwriters whom we think of being the greatest songwriters usually write one hit and six or seven flops. That includes the Irving Berlins and the Hoagy Carmichaels, the Harold Arlens, Cole Porter.
Ahmet Ertegun writers
There're so many great writers out there who aren't getting the exposure they deserve.
Jonathan Evison writers
Do we have good writers, producers and actors in the U.K.? Yes we do.
Eric Fellner writers
If you want to make an audience laugh, you dress a man up like an old lady and push her down the stairs. If you want to make comedy writers laugh, you push an actual old lady down the stairs.
Tina Fey writers
Every new generation of SF writers remakes cyberpunk - a genre often laced with dystopian subtexts - in its own image.
Paul Di Filippo writers
Our job as writers, as far as I can tell, is to attempt to express what seems inexpressible.
Nick Flynn writers
One of the most talented writers out there is Brian Haig.
Vince Flynn writers
Writers such as Richard Powers and the late David Foster Wallace have shown the path to a newer generation of writers for whom all national boundaries are quaint curiosities.
Giles Foden writers
Most writers I know go for word counts, and I used to be a journalist, so I guess that's ingrained.
Aminatta Forna writers
'Mad Men' is the greatest example of a perfect cast uniting with a perfect group of writers and creators to create a show that is bold, brutal, and brilliant.
Rachel G. Fox writers
I think Star Trek has been very double-edged for all of us - as actors, writers, directors.
Jonathan Frakes writers
If you want to know why all writers are a little crazy read 'The Midnight Disease' by Alice W. Flaherty. She talks about the drive to write, writer's block, and the creative brain. I know what's wrong with me!
Dorothea Benton Frank writers
Papa continually emphasizes how much remains unexplained. With the other psychoanalytic writers, everything is always so known and fixed.
Anna Freud writers
Sinatra was pretty astute - he used the best songwriters around, he used all the resources, he covered every song from the era basically.
Martin Fry writers
All writers are vampires.
James Gandolfini writers
I think writers are very anxious.
Helen Garner writers
I feel very, very grateful. I'm a lucky guy, you need a lot of luck, and then when the cameras roll, you have to have this group of writers, directors, and actors that just gel, and it seems to literally be happening more and more.
Brad Garrett writers
What we are is what we were always meant to be, and that's writers.
Elizabeth George writers
Doesn't anybody ever want to talk about anything else besides 'Star Trek?' There were 79 episodes of the series; there were 55 different writers. I was only one of them.
David Gerrold writers
Our writers are full of cliches just as old barns are full of bats. There is obviously no rule about this, except that anything that you suspect of being a cliche undoubtedly is one and had better be removed.
Wolcott Gibbs writers
In 1967, the students at San Francisco State invited the poet Amiri Baraka to the campus for a semester. He attracted other influential black writers such as Sonia Sanchez, Ed Bullins, Eldridge Cleaver. What emerged was something we called the community communications program. That's how I got involved; I got involved in a little play.
Danny Glover writers
There's no big splashy renaissance in Italian films. We have good young actors and directors. What we lack are screenwriters. It's hard to write about Italy.
Valeria Golino writers
'Catholic writer' seems like you have an agenda of evangelization, as if you were somehow influenced in your choice of perspective by dogma or canon law. That has nothing to do with me. I don't have a lot in common with other 'Catholic' writers.
Mary Gordon writers
There are a few writers whose lives and personalities are so large, so fascinating, that there's no such thing as a boring biography of them - you can read every new one that comes along, good or bad, and be caught up in the story all over again.
Robert Gottlieb writers
I think a lot of singer-songwriters get compared to each other, but I'd like to think that what I'm doing is special and specific to me.
Kina Grannis writers
It's well known that actors are lousy writers.
Richard Grant writers
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