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To do justice to a lifelong dream of being a writer, I must give it the intense concentration and focus I gave to track. To do both with excellence is not possible. It is with a sense of sadness and joyous anticipation that I leave track and move on.
Florence Griffith Joyner
Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.
What good is a writer if he can't destroy literature? And us... what good are we if we don't help as much as we can in that destruction?
They're naughty, all those writers - they mess around with people. I know James Gandolfini got a bit fed up on 'The Sopranos': if he said anything in front of a writer, told them a story from his life, it could make its way into the script.
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.
As a writer, my only responsibility is to tell a compelling story.
An intellectual's weapon is writing, but sometimes people react as if it were a firearm. A writer can do a lot to change the situation, but as far as I know, no dictatorship has fallen because of a sonnet.
Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it's right, it's easy. It's the other way round, too. If it's slovenly written, then it's hard to read. It doesn't give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.
The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning.
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.
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.
I had this dream to become a writer since I was a teenager.
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
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.
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.
In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That's the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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.
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 got a lovely check today from being a writer that I earned by sitting at home. That's rewarding.
I want to be an honest man and a good writer.
James A. Baldwin
A writer should write with his eyes and a painter paint with his ears.
The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.
Writers don't retire. I will always be a writer.
As a former writer for the 'National Lampoon,' I've probably contributed to the sea of sarcasm in which we live.
P. J. O'Rourke
John F. Kennedy
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