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I don't think there's been any writer like Samuel Beckett. He's unique. He was a most charming man and I used to send him my plays.
What one writer can make in the solitude of one room is something no power can easily destroy.
One of the hardest things about writing lyrics is to make the lyrics sit on the music in such a way that you're not aware there was a writer there.
If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall of silence and no matter what you are doing, driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing, because you have that space.
Joyce Carol Oates
All of the guests on 'Faces of America' were deeply moved by what we revealed about their ancestry. We were able to trace the ancestry of Native American writer Louise Erdrich back to 438 A.D. We found that Queen Noor is descended from royalty, and that's before she married King Hussein of Jordan.
Henry Louis Gates
Social media is a giant distraction to the ultimate aim, which is honing your craft as a songwriter. There are people who are exceptional at it, however, and if you can do both things, then that's fantastic, but if you are a writer, the time is better spent on a clever lyric than a clever tweet.
Kafka is still unrecognized. He thought he was a comic writer.
My assignment is what every writer's assignment is: tell the truth of his own time.
Raymond Carver is good. I think he'll be appreciated more and more. He's an easy writer to imitate.
When somebody asks me what I do, I don't think I'd say critic. I say writer.
I went to Goucher College in Maryland for the best possible reasons - to learn - but then I dropped out at 19 for the best possible reasons - to become a writer.
There are three reasons for becoming a writer: the first is that you need the money; the second that you have something to say that you think the world should know; the third is that you can't think what to do with the long winter evenings.
My goal as a writer is more to comfort than to disturb.
I'm so disturbed when my women students behave as though they can only read women, or black students behave as though they can only read blacks, or white students behave as though they can only identify with a white writer.
There's a challenge to playing these fantasy figures because they are fantasy figures. You have to enter into this sort of imaginative world of the writer.
Even I thought I would be a writer who put something out every year. But that's not how it worked out.
You become a writer because you need to become a writer - nothing else.
I'm not the guy to ask about politics. I'm a gag writer.
The writer should never be ashamed of staring. There is nothing that does not require his attention.
As a writer, putting words on the page is how I pay attention.
Jonathan Safran Foer
And I'm a slow writer: five, six hundred words is a good day. That's the reason it took me 20 years to write those million and a half words of the Civil War.
So I went out and bought myself a copy of the Writer and Artist Yearbook, bought lots of magazines and got on the phone and talked to editors about ideas for stories. Pretty soon I found myself hired to do interviews and articles and went off and did them.
I am a comic writer, which means I get to slay the dragons, and shoot the bull.
Rita Mae Brown
I don't know much about creative writing programs. But they're not telling the truth if they don't teach, one, that writing is hard work, and, two, that you have to give up a great deal of life, your personal life, to be a writer.
Fast food is hugely important in the life of a comedy writer. All we do is order in, and what we're going to eat is hotly debated.
Volume depends precisely on the writer's having been able to sit in a room every day, year after year, alone.
My idea of a writer: someone interested in everything.
Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
I was a writer before 'Eat, Pray, Love,' and I'll be a writer after it's over. It's what I want to do for the rest of my life.
My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn't be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead.
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