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I don't even subscribe to writer's block being a truthful thing. I've had writer's laziness quite often. But I think it's all about sitting down and facing down the blank page and doing it, and I've always been ok at that.
I believe that the writer should tell a story. I believe in plot. I believe in creating characters and suspense.
If you're a writer, write. You just keep writing. And if you're a filmmaker, you keep doing what you can to keep telling your stories; you don't stay on the one. Keep moving forward and doing what you can to tell whatever story you can tell, be it via writing, be it via filming it.
I'm not patient at all. I avoid writer's block by writing. I power through with a bad version, so I can move on, and usually once I've gotten to the next scene, I'll discover what was missing from the bad version scene. Then I can easily rewrite it to get back on the right path.
Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
I'm not a writer who teaches. I'm a teacher who writes.
The best author will be the one who is ashamed to become a writer.
I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn.
Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward.
The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader.
I felt like I had a really bad case of writer's block... Music is so therapeutic for me that if I can't get it out, I start feeling bad about myself - a lot of self-loathing.
There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention.
The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money.
If you wish to be a writer, write.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
I had this dream to become a writer since I was a teenager.
I'm first and foremost a writer. I followed my personal legend, my childhood dream of becoming a writer, but I can't say why I'm one.
I wasn't trying to be an outlaw writer. I never heard of that term; somebody else made it up. But we were all outside the law: Kerouac, Miller, Burroughs, Ginsberg, Kesey; I didn't have a gauge as to who was the worst outlaw. I just recognized allies: my people.
Hunter S. Thompson
It took me 40 years to write my first book. When I was a child, I was encouraged to go to school. I was not encouraged to follow the career of a writer because my parents thought that I was going to starve to death.
I am not a self-help writer. I am a self-problem writer. When people read my books, I provoke some things. I cannot justify my work. I do my work; it is up to them to classify it, to judge.
The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.
I want to be an honest man and a good writer.
James A. Baldwin
I got a lovely check today from being a writer that I earned by sitting at home. That's rewarding.
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
John F. Kennedy
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