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I think it's a very old and deep-seated double standard that holds that when a man writes about family and feelings, it's literature with a capital L, but when a woman considers the same topics, it's romance, or a beach book - in short, it's something unworthy of a serious critic's attention.
Talent is a matter of quantity. Talent does not write on page, it writes three hundred.
That little Miley Cyrus... she's like a little Elvis. The kids love her because she's Hannah Montana, but what people don't realize about her is she is such a fantastic singer and songwriter. She writes songs like she's 40 years old!
I cannot say that I write with any social objective. One writes because one loves writing, really.
Genius makes its observations in short-hand; talent writes them out at length.
Christian Nestell Bovee
All of my scripts are based on other people's novels. Generally, I consider myself as one who writes for theatre. I do not see film work as a continuation of writing for theatre. It is more of an interruption of the writing process.
If a woman writes about a domestic situation, everyone automatically assumes that it's about her.
Matthew Wiener on 'Mad Men' writes the entire series before they start shooting, and if you have that, then what you can do with character and story is not at all unlike what you can do in a novel.
One writes to memorialize, and to bring to life again that which has been lost.
Joyce Carol Oates
One always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria.
V. S. Naipaul
One writes fables in periods of oppression.
A novelist who writes nothing for 10 years finds his reputation rising. Because I keep on producing books they say there must be something wrong with this fellow.
J. B. Priestley
I know I'm a rare person, a trained scientist who writes fiction, because so few contemporary novelists engage with science.
If somebody writes a book and doesn't care for the survival of that book, he's an imbecile.
I don't write happy songs. Who does? I don't know anybody who writes happy songs, really.
An autobiography is a book a person writes about his own life and it is usually full of all sorts of boring details.
Women's books are kind of discriminated against. If a man writes a book about his family stories, people think of it as literature. If it's a woman, she's 'spilling her guts,' and it's not art.
I'm always amused when the 'New York Times' writes editorials trying to be helpful to Republicans and say, 'This is the way Republicans can save themselves.' Look, the 'New York Times' disagrees with us. They're entitled to disagree with us, but it's not like we should take their advice.
A publisher who writes is like a cow in a milk bar.
You see, in my view a writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, because everything she does is golden. In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
E. L. Doctorow
I would say a good leader brings results. A great leader writes a new story, it's different. Obviously a new story has to incorporate a lot of results. But a story is a chapter in the life of a company that people want to write and want to remember.
Every writer, to some extent, writes about himself.
No one writes dialect better than Flannery O'Connor. No one should even try.
A novelist writes a novel, and people read it. But reading is a solitary act. While it may elicit a varied and personal response, the communal nature of the audience is like having five hundred people read your novel and respond to it at the same time. I find that thrilling.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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