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No one connected intimately with a writer has any appreciation of his temperament, except to think him overdoing everything.
Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer.
Who'd want to be a modernist writer in the English-speaking world?
One thing you really have to watch as a writer is getting on a soapbox or pulpit about anything. You don't want to alienate readers.
I don't understand how you can be a decent writer and not know people.
I really believe that a writer is someone who has trained their mind to misbehave.
I've never had a writer's block, but still I think: 'Is it going to happen this time?' You never know what you're going to get; you just put your fingers on the keys and hope.
The main impetus for being a writer is thinking, 'I could invent another world. I'm not terribly keen on this one.'
I maintain an ongoing survey of Internet Publishing and self publishing, so that it is now possible for any writer with a book to get it published at nominal cost or free, and to have it on sale at booksellers like Amazon.com.
Behind every writer stands a very large bookshelf.
Don't be a writer; it's a terrible way to live your life. There's nothing to be gained from it but poverty and obscurity and solitude. So if you have a taste for all those things, which means that you really are burning to do it, then go ahead and do it. But don't expect anything from anybody.
The writer interweaves a story with his own doubts, questions, and values. That is art.
When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic. I say writer.
A writer's definitive death is when no one reads his books anymore. That's the final death.
The public figure of the writer, the writer-character, the 'personality-cult' of the author, are all becoming for me more and more intolerable in others, and consequently in myself.
I think with pictures; I'm a very lousy writer. If I write without pictures, I become this pathetic chick sitting somewhere trying to be interesting.
It could be argued that every age gets the comfort savagery writer it deserves.
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.
I always say three things make a writer: inspiration, obviously; perspiration, doing the work. But the third is desperation. I'm not really fit for anything else, or to have a real job. That fear drives me. The pressure has always been self inflicted.
A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph.
To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity, and creative strength.
Lawrence Clark Powell
If you're trying to be a successful writer, and you go into a second-hand bookshop, it's the graveyard of people whose books haven't been wanted.
The idea of writer's block or not having inspiration is totally terrifying to me.
It's possible that I've matured as a writer, and I hope I've matured emotionally, but I always find myself revisiting these adolescent scenes.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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