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I think a writer's job is to provoke questions. I like to think that if someone's read a book of mine, they've had - I don't know what - the literary equivalent of a shower. Something that would start them thinking in a slightly different way, perhaps. That's what I think writers are for.
I have always thought that writers come with any variety of attributes. Some are capable and some aren't.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez is one of my all-time favorite writers. I feel spiritual when reading his words, even though they're translated. I wish desperately that I could read it in its original language. I already feel like I'm going to church when I read him; imagine if I could read it in the original.
There's a great myth about cartoonists, writers and people that are on TV.
There's always this sense of incredulity that writers feel, because they're usually living flat and ordinary lives, because they have to.
You know, all writers are vampires and they'll look around and they watch you when you're not even thinking they're watching you and they'll slip stuff in.
Writers and travelers are mesmerized alike by knowing of their destinations.
All I knew about Ethiopia was from a few records that I like, as well as what I read about the famine. But you get there and it's another world. It's filled with art and music and poetry and intellectuals and writers - all kinds of people.
Anyone who claims to be good at lying is obviously bad at lying. Thus - as a writer myself - I cannot comment on whether or not writers are exceptionally good liars, because whatever I said would actually mean its complete opposite.
Writers are notoriously unable to know about themselves. Faulkner thought 'The Fable' was his best novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald liked 'Tender Is the Night,' an experimental novel.
Joyce Carol Oates
A writer should get as much education as possible, but just going to school is not enough; if it were, all owners of doctorates would be inspired writers.
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 know that sometimes things are there in the drawer for decades before they finally come out and you are capable of writing about them.
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
As writers become more numerous, it is natural for readers to become more indolent; whence must necessarily arise a desire of attaining knowledge with the greatest possible ease.
Every compulsion is put upon writers to become safe, polite, obedient, and sterile.
Most writers flinch at the thought of being completely honest about themselves. So absolute honesty is what marks the true modern.
J. G. Ballard
Writers do draw inspiration from their own lives, which, quite frankly, might be more interesting than fiction.
I am dismayed to realize that much of the advice I used to parcel out to aspiring writers has passed its sell-by date.
Artists, writers and people in creative fields are entrepreneurs by necessity. Nobody gives them a paycheck or picks up their medical insurance. The ones who succeed learn to think and act like 'independent operators.' I think people who are technically 'employees' have to think this way as well. The company is not looking out for you.
When I went from being an academic to being a member of the community of writers some of my former colleagues did look on me with a certain resentment.
If most writers are honest with themselves, this is the difference they want to make: before, they were not noticed; now they are.
Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds.
I know there are writers who feel unhappy with domesticity and who even manufacture domestic turmoil in order to have something to write about. With me, though, the happier I feel, the better I write.
When you're young, you keep reading new writers and you keep changing your mind about how you ought to sound.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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