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I don't find any real rivalries with crime and thriller writers anyway. That might sound a little Pollyanna, but for the most part the writers I compete with, if you want to use that word, it's a pretty friendly rivalry. I think we all realise that the boat rises and sinks together.
Only bad writers think they're good.
Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
Dreaming in public is an important part of our job description, as science writers, but there are bad dreams as well as good dreams. We're dreamers, you see, but we're also realists, of a sort.
I encourage teachers to speak in their own voices. Don't use the gibberish of the standards writers.
Code writers, they are my idols.
I learned what I really love is making films, not the film business. I want to be on the set, meeting with writers, I want that freedom. I love it now.
Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.
We're getting rid of bureaucracy, so that we're releasing time for police officers to be crime fighters and not form writers.
If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.
Reading and writing, like everything else, improve with practice. And, of course, if there are no young readers and writers, there will shortly be no older ones. Literacy will be dead, and democracy - which many believe goes hand in hand with it - will be dead as well.
Graham Greene famously said that all writers need a chip of ice in their heart; Cusk can come across as the most beautiful ice palace of stalactites and stalagmites, and some people find her company, albeit by proxy, about as inviting as a long weekend in a walk-in frigidaire.
We are used to female writers who use their private lives as unmitigated material being somewhat hormonal; this somehow 'excuses' what might be seen as a highly unfeminine ability to turn their personal upsets into money.
When I started at the 'Guardian,' though, I couldn't think of anything we saw eye to eye on, except feminism, and even this would soon be arguable as 'Guardian' writers queued up to drool over Eminem.
Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.
I'm more influenced by my own interests than anyone else's. Writers have to entertain themselves, or they can't entertain anyone else.
Laurell K. Hamilton
The only way for writers to meet is to share a quick peek over a common lamp-post.
The writers keep managing to turn the show in on itself, coming up with something that's well thought-out and miraculous.
My father, George, has also affected the choices in my life regarding films. I like films that take chances or say something different or experiment. Growing up with him, I was surrounded by different artists - not just actors or film-makers but cartoonists, poets, writers.
Writers have told me more than once that I'm a better interview in defeat than in victory, which is a compliment I am extremely proud of.
How that works is our first season was the year we had a threatened writers' strike, so what we did was that instead of doing 22 episodes, we did 30. We put 10 in the bank.
Writers, all the good ones, are Natural Born Liars.
Daniel Keys Moran
Only a generation of readers will span a generation of writers.
Logan P. Smith
There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors, but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen. That's why you get rhetoric.
Good writers are those who keep the language efficient. That is to say, keep it accurate, keep it clear.
Literature does not exist in a vacuum. Writers as such have a definite social function exactly proportional to their ability as writers. This is their main use.
Recipe writers hate to write about heat. They despise it. Because there aren't proper words for communicating what should be done with it.
I think it's a question which particularly arises over women writers: whether it's better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots.
The reason that war is such a fascinating subject for writers is because it's a revealer. Put a bunch of people in an adrenaline-fuelled, life-or-death situation and their fundamental behaviours are exposed, the scrim is taken away and the motivations behind each personality come out to play.
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