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That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one. We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist might training for an orchestra.
Stephen King in many respects is a wonderful writer. He has made a contribution. People in the future will be able to pick up Stephen King's books and learn a lot about who we were by reading those books.
Obviously, a writer can't know everything about what she writes. It's impossible.
Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment. Everyone in his time admired him but I think right now he's not spoken of enough.
For a writer only one form of patriotism exists: his attitude toward language.
I'm a writer who just happens to draw.
When you are doing stand-up comedy, you are the writer, producer, director, sometimes bouncer.
The Q I loathe and despise, the Q every single writer I know loathes and despises, is this one: 'Where,' the reader asks, 'do you get your ideas?' It's a simple question, and my usual response is a kind of helpless, 'I don't know.'
My relatives used to laugh when I talked of being a writer.
How often have I met and disliked writers whose books I love; and conversely, hated the books and then wound up liking the writer? Too often.
Being a writer can be isolating. It's good to be among readers and booksellers.
I used to write in a local coffee shop, but there was another guy, another writer, who kept sitting in my favorite seat. I would show up, and he would be there, and I would get exiled to a couch or something, and it would throw me off my game.
This was something that was obsessing me and creating a writer's block. To get involved and get stuck in, get the proper information about what's going on has really helped.
An autobiography usually reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory.
Franklin P. Jones
If they don't read, if they don't love reading; if they don't find themselves compulsively reading, I don't think they're really a writer.
Anyone watching '30 Rock' always knew Tina Fey was playing a fictionalized version of herself, a workaholic comedy writer who also plays one on TV. She's the boss; Liz Lemon just works here.
I've built my whole life around loving music. I'm a writer for 'Rolling Stone,' so I am constantly searching for new bands and soaking up new sounds.
God, I'm such a lazy writer - I can't even think up new names.
For almost anyone who chooses to be a writer, since so very few writers are able to learn a living from their work that is equivalent to the living earned by the average dentist or accountant.
Part of my job as a food writer is to describe food. So my work on 'Top Chef,' I feel, is an extension of that. When we give a criticism to the contestant, we want to make sure we tell them why it's not working and why it would work if they did it a different way.
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
I've always noticed a difference between working with a director and working with a writer/director. In how much they're invested and how specific they are.
A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
Genre-spanning is the effort to make the live show interesting. It's also a great way to challenge yourself as a writer.
One thing I can tell you is this, that I am not a methodical writer.
I'm fairly competant as a director and actor, but I am Mr. Neurotic as a writer. I just don't have enough confidence in my abilities to take criticism well. I take it personally. Start with 'It's a masterpiece,' and then tell me what you think could be changed.
Do you want to be an artist and a writer, or a wife and a lover? With kids, your focus changes. I don't want to go to PTA meetings.
The greatest sin for a writer is to be boring.
I have a cheat-sheet for each one of my characters about their personality, the way they look, etc. So there is no possible way that I could have writer's block.
R. L. Stine
I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.
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