Writing And Thinking Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Top 100 Quotes About Writing And Thinking

#1. I try when I'm writing to leave enough "space" for people to have their own interpretation, and not to direct it toward one conclusion. Then the audience would not be reacting, because they are being preached to or lectured at. I don't have that much to say that I think people should listen to me. - Author: Charlie Kaufman
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#2. I'm fundamentally, I think, an outsider. I do my best work and feel most braced with my back to the wall. It's an odd feeling though, writing aginst the current: difficult entirely to disregard the current. Yet of course I shall. - Author: Virginia Woolf
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#3. The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. - Author: John Adams
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#4. There's a little book I'm thinking of writing - "Swan Song" is what I shall call it. The song of the dying. And my book will be incense burnt at the deathbed of this society, damned with the damnation of its own impotence. - Author: Maxim Gorky
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#5. And then writing, it was like I just found it, you know? Like you just found your favorite flavor of ice cream, all of a sudden there it is. 'This is what I should have been doing for the last thirty years. What was I thinking?' So I was, then I was in and then I had to just keep going with it. - Author: Stephenie Meyer
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#6. Writing is like pulling your hair out. You have nothing, and you can't think of anything, but you have to think of something. - Author: Charlie Day
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#7. For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence. - Author: Wallace Shawn
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#8. I'm just coming out and I'm going to clearly be myself - I write what I feel, I never worry what others think. - Author: Avril Lavigne
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#9. I think we overrate experience and what we've been through in terms of our success at doing the work we do. There are many people who get beat up, who suffer, who are victimized, and then they sit down to write and they write crap. - Author: Jules Feiffer
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#10. Those who will not take the trouble to think for themselves, have always somebody that thinks for them; and the difficulty in writing is to please those from whom others learn to be pleased. - Author: Samuel Johnson
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#11. I think my one of my strengths in standup is my ability to adlib. I do all my best writing on stage. I can sit down and write jokes, but I'd rather go on stage with a premise or an idea and let the jokes come that way. My creative juices are never flowing any better than when I'm onstage. - Author: Henry Cho
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#12. I very rarely sit down with a guitar and try to write a song. I usually think about it a lot and then I'll try to re-create what was in my head at the time. - Author: Sune Rose Wagner
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#13. If you want to be a writer, you have to keep writing, all the time, and when you're not writing, be thinking about and planning writing. - Author: May J. Panayi
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#14. I think alcohol is a good drug for me when I'm writing. I don't think I've ever had a problem with it. I can stop for a few weeks, so I think it's okay. I don't think it's good for my liver, but I do love it. It's a huge part of my life, and it makes me happy. - Author: Ben Folds
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#15. As you write your novel, you gradually start thinking like some of your characters in it. And at times the writer may lose himself completely in some character. - Author: Avijeet Das
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#16. When you make a melody that doesn't come with words from the get-go, sometimes you're just thinking about random vowel sounds that go with it - and it's really, really hard to write lyrics that actually obey the vowel sounds. - Author: David Longstreth
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#17. I like to do books in which a lot of the research and the writing and the thinking revolves around something American. - Author: Bill Bryson
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#18. You can't really discover the most interesting conflicts and problems in a subject until you've tried to write about them. At that point, one discovers discontinuities in the data, perhaps, or in one's own thinking; then the act of writing forces you to work harder to resolve these contradictions. - Author: Anthony F. C. Wallace
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#19. I caution writers all the time to slow down and pay more attention to the work in front of them than to the end result. I don't think you write one book and get anywhere. I think you write five books and then maybe you are finally on the right path. - Author: Sue Grafton
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#20. I've written short stories in first person, but you have so much more control writing in third person. Third person, you know what everybody's thinking. First person is very limiting, and I could never sustain a first person novel before. - Author: Tamora Pierce
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#21. I never think about a movie when I'm writing a book, because I think only two things could happen and both of them are bad. You write a lousy novel and a lousy film. - Author: Don Winslow
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#22. I'm writing new songs for a Broadway version of Tarzan, which is very interesting. I think what I learned from the Brother Bear score side of things, I've brought into the new Tarzan songs. Thinking outside just guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. - Author: Phil Collins
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#23. I've had many students over the years, sometimes even very sophisticated students, who will be writing and will hit a wall. Often I find it's because they're working out of sequence. Maybe some people can do that, but I don't think that's how fiction works. It's a discovery. - Author: T.C. Boyle
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#24. Audiences love both the feeling part (reliving the life) and the thinking part (figuring out the puzzle) of a story. Every good story has both. - Author: John Truby
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#25. I think inside every rock journalist, there's somebody who wishes they had the courage to live the life that they're not, and that they're writing about. But at the same time, inside every songwriter, I guess there's a wish for happiness. - Author: Glen Hansard
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#26. If you're going to write, write one poem all your life, let nobody read it, and then burn it. This is very young thinking, I confess, but it is the seminal part of my life. - Author: Jack Nicholson
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#27. I felt like you can write forever, but you have a short time to raise a family. And I think a family is a lot more important than writing. - Author: Ken Kesey
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#28. I don't think in time signatures, and when I do, what I write is generally 3/4 or 4/4, the most basic, straightforward stuff. I think that comes from just not being a super-schooled musician. - Author: Blake Judd
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#29. I think I'm always trying to challenge myself. I'm definitely going a new direction and trying to write more concisely, but that's the toughest part for me and I definitely think I'm growing in that way, which feels exciting. - Author: Stacey King
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#30. Whatever the style is, I want to have a sense that the writer is thinking, and really trying to get at something, and that there's a sense of discovery as the writing goes along. - Author: Lynne Tillman
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#31. I'll always write about what's going on in my life and the reason for that is it's not actually because I'm so fascinated with myself, it's because I can't think. I can't think like have thoughts in my head and think them through and come to a conclusion. It's like math for me. - Author: Augusten Burroughs
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#32. I don't think the written word is important in movies anymore and the really great movies are done by great directors who in many cases write their own scripts. I think it's gotten to be more of a visual thing than an audible thing. - Author: Anita Loos
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#33. I would eventually like to write and star in my own stuff. I think I have a good comedic sense, so I'd like to follow that road. I don't know what the future holds, but whatever I do, I'll commit. - Author: Nick Swardson
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#34. I think they thought it was very arrogant of me to write the end of my seven books series when I didn't have a publisher and no-one had heard of me - Author: J.K. Rowling
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#35. Write a novel if you must, but think of money as an unlikely accident. Get your reward out of writing it, and try to be content with that. - Author: Pearl S. Buck
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#36. I think anyone who has had a fight and who's a very good observer of the situation and people's behavior is capable of writing a fight. But you do start thinking about writing during the fights that you have with your partner. - Author: Julie Delpy
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#37. Not that I don't think irreverent humor and someone being filthy is funny, I just do what I do. Any comedian would admit throwing an f-bomb in there would help get a reaction ... I'm not on a Puritanical pursuit, but when I would curse in a joke, I believe I'm not done writing it. - Author: Jim Gaffigan
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#38. I really like to write, so I can just relax and think about things and realize things and then try to express it on my computer. - Author: Krist Novoselic
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#39. I picked up On The Road, Howl, and Naked Lunch (in that order) in high school. I was blown away. The writing was amazing and the places it took me was even more far out. It opened up new avenues of thinking for me and so I went down the beaten road. - Author: Yony Leyser
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#40. I think any music of any worth has been done by people who were very interested in the internal process of their soul and their mind that's taking place while they're writing music. - Author: John Frusciante
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#41. When I think about my career and how it all started, it really started with me getting to a point where I understood how to write songs that resonated with people. - Author: Corey Smith
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#42. I usually write from my own experience, and that's definitely a true statement for me. I think having a song about desiring to live and wanting to get it right, which many of my songs do, often I have to clarify that I haven't figured it out yet. - Author: Jon Foreman
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#43. I'm afraid of coaching, of writer's classes, of writer's magazines, of books on how to write. They give me centipede trouble - you know the yarn about the centipede who was asked how he managed all his feet? He tried to answer, stopped to think about it, and was never able to walk another step. - Author: Robert A. Heinlein
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#44. Originally consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people. - Author: James Fitzjames Stephen
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#45. To make yourself understood you have to think plain and write plain. - Author: William Feather
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#46. I think my writing process changes as I gain more life experience ... It has taken me many years to be able to write a novel that shows the points of view of people of different ages and personalities. - Author: Kathleen Winter
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#47. All I know is when I start getting serious about songwriting ... it's like a playground. All responsibilities slip away and you're with your essence. There can be delight there and self-discovery. You can dance there ... I think of it as my serious playground. - Author: Laura Nyro
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#48. I do think that the kind of writing that I do will always be around and printed in books, magazines, and now blogs. - Author: Stephen Vincent Benet
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#49. When I write, there are times
not always
when I hear John (Lennon) in my head, ... I'll think, OK, what would we have done here?, and I can hear him gripe or approve. - Author: Paul McCartney
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#50. I think a lot of the way that I try to write my stories come from watching my mom write plays and trying to do that. - Author: Jazmine Sullivan
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#51. Writing, for me, is the best occupation I can think of, and there is nothing in the world I would rather do. - Author: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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#52. I've been thinking so much about writing as a gift to readers - and how newness of subject (place or topic or person) is one of the biggest gifts at our disposal. - Author: Leslie Jamison
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#53. My stories take three or four months to fix, and it's not magical of a process. Ultimately it's a boring, difficult process. I write everything out, and then the parts I think are funny I put in bold. Then I go perform it. Then the parts that aren't funny, I unbold them. - Author: Kumail Nanjiani
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#54. I think that every decision I make in my life is based off of an emotion - and it definitely hurts me in some situations, and helps in some situations, like obviously writing and stuff is my favourite thing to do because I get to use all of my emotions and express them in that way. - Author: Melanie Martinez
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#55. I think the advantage we had with "MacGruber" is the speed we had to put it together. We had a such a short period to write the movie and such a post-[production] period, it was almost like the way that the show worked, where everything is happening so fast you have to go with your gut. - Author: Will Forte
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#56. Every time I try to write a song, when I sit down and think I'm going to write, I really want to write a song, and it never works out. It's always when it hits me unexpectedly on a plane or right before I go to bed, something like that. - Author: Bruno Mars
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#57. Asking for advice about what you should write is a little like asking for help getting dressed. I can you tell you what I think looks good, but you have to wear it. And as every fashion victim knows, very few people look good in everything. - Author: Betsy Lerner
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#58. I like that it's challenging - that when I'm writing, I feel as if I'm pouring everything I have into the story until there's nothing left and I have to begin thinking about a new world and set of circumstances to research and explore. - Author: Molly Antopol
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#59. I think the whole glory of writing lies in the fact that it forces us out of ourselves and into the lives of others. - Author: Sherwood Anderson
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#60. Schiller writes in a letter [to Goethe, 17 December 1795] of a 'poetic mood'. I think I know what he means, I think I am familiar with it myself. It is the mood of receptivity to nature and one in which one's thoughts seem as vivid as nature itself. - Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
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#61. The science fiction I write comes from a pretty deep pool of literature, not just from the reflection of other science fiction films, and I think that gives me somewhat deeper roots. - Author: Jon Spaihts
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#62. I think the business of writing a great deal of it is the business of paying attention to your characters, to the world they live in, to the story you have to tell, but just a kind of deep attention and out of that if you pay attention properly the story will tell you what it needs. - Author: Salman Rushdie
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#63. It is human nature to look away from illness. We don't enjoy a reminder of our own fragile mortality. That's why writing on the Internet has become a life-saver for me. My ability to think and write have not been affected. And on the Web, my real voice finds expression. - Author: Roger Ebert
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#64. I really like Shakespeare a lot. The characters that he writes for females, I think, are really great and a lot more compelling than what modern writers write, which is weird because they didn't have actresses then. - Author: Julia Stiles
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#65. I think it's hard to really write a song that will educate someone because songs are meant to be ... you don't want to be too didactic in a song because it doesn't make for good music. And I think the role of songs can be to inspire people but there needs to education and prose to back that up. - Author: John Legend
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#66. Mum was thinking 'bout going back to study creative twatting writing. She had a novel in her, whatever the fuck that meant. She was going to do all the stuff that having me when she was twenty had stopped her from doing. She said I'd made her tits little and taken away her identity. - Author: Caroline Smailes
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#67. I think that the joy of writing a novel is the self-exploratio n that emerges and also that wonderful feeling of playing God with the characters. When I sit down at my writing desk, time seems to vanish ... I think the most important thing for a writer is to be locked in a study. - Author: Erica Jong
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#68. When we started writing this kind of music in the beginning, I didn't think that many people would listen to it, but over the years our fan base just kept growing and growing. Now, it's like we do it for us and our fans. - Author: Jeff Hanneman
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#69. We writers don't really think about whether what we write is good or not. It's too much to worry about. We just put the words down, trying to get them right, operating by some inner sense of pitch and proportion, and from time to time, we stick the stuff in an envelope and ship it to an editor. - Author: Garrison Keillor
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#70. One can write, think and pray exclusively of others; dreams are all egocentric. - Author: Evelyn Waugh
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#71. I certainly wouldn't be writing books if it hadn't been for the feminist blogosphere, and I think that's a really amazing thing. - Author: Jessica Valenti
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#72. As regards plot I find real life no help at all. Real life seems to have no plots. And as I think a plot desirable and almost necessary, I have this extra grudge against life. - Author: Ivy Compton-Burnett
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#73. If I come across an issue, or something I feel strongly about, and I happen to think of a song that would go in that direction, then I do it. But that's not what I start out, necessarily, to do. Sometimes I may have an idea for a song - Well, I'm going to write about a thing. - Author: Charlie Daniels
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#74. Around age 18, I decided to start writing my own stuff. I wrote some bad short films and shot them. I tried to make them better and better. I slowly learned how to make movies, and I think I'm still learning. - Author: Quentin Dupieux
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#75. I think you become a writer when you stop writing for yourself or your teachers and start thinking about readers. - Author: Avi
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#76. I don't think you should write something as long as a novel around anything that is not of the gravest concern to you and everybody else and for me this is always the conflict between an attraction for the Holy and the disbelief in it that we breathe in with the air of the times. - Author: Flannery O'Connor
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#77. Hen, there's such a temptation to just constantly write things that are going to make the fans happy. Sometimes it takes a little bit of unhappiness to make those happy pay-offs work better. That's something that is fascinating to us and I think has really changed the way that stories are told. - Author: Jeff Pinkner
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#78. The things you're passionate about and interested in, get experience with them by going deep on projects. I would encourage science projects, plays. Pursue science, math, writing, history - the 21st century demands a lot of cross-disciplinary thinking. - Author: Megan Smith
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#79. And like any dog, like any savage, I lay there enjoying myself, harming no man, selling nothing, competing not at all, thinking no evil, smiled on by the sun, bent over by the trees, and softly folded in the arms of the earth. - Author: John Stewart Collis
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#80. I started when I was 15 years old. And at that time, I was not thinking about changing the world, I was doing graffiti - writing my name everywhere, using the city as a canvas. I was going in the tunnels of Paris, on the rooftops with my friends. Each trip was an excursion, was an adventure. - Author: JR
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#81. These people that write books on how to succeed and how to think positively make millions because it's something that doesn't occur naturally. - Author: Rush Limbaugh
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#82. Good science is all about following the data as it shows up and letting yourself be proven wrong, and letting everything change while you're working on it - and I think writing is the same way. - Author: Rebecca Skloot
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#83. Nietzsche himself was a great moralist; his writings abound with value judgments about individuals, character types, modes of thinking, and national traits. It is as if he develops immoralist psychology in order to tame his own nature, to keep his own greatest vice in check. - Author: John Carroll
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#84. As we travel to new places we gain new perspectives and renew our thinking. - Author: Lailah Gifty Akita
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#85. Inferior thinking and writing will make a name for a man among inferior people, who in all ages and countries, are the majority. - Author: John Lancaster Spalding
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#86. I think human beings exist in a social world. I write realistic fiction, and so it isn't that surprising that the social realities of their existence would be part of the story. - Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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#87. Some things go better than you expected, other things go worse, so I'm ... I think the only sensible thing is just to wait and see and what I'm doing when I'm writing books - I'm not doing science so much anymore. - Author: Freeman Dyson
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#88. I ended up at fifty, over-the-hill, thinking I had no future. Finally, I realized that I had allowed myself to write less than I could ... As writers true to ourselves, it will always be hard, and if we're good, we'll always be in trouble. Let's be sure we deserve it. - Author: Waldo Salt
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#89. I tend to like to write a song and then think about it for a while. I record a demo of it and then put it away and wait until I've gotten more thoughts on it or get sure exactly how to approach it. - Author: Christopher Owens
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#90. I am very present in my work and my work is somehow an expression of my soul, but at the same time I think that a writer cannot write out of nothing. - Author: Paulo Coelho
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#91. There is a big difference between wanting to say you wrote a book, and actually writing one. Many people think they want to write, even though they find crafting sentences and paragraphs unpleasant. They hope there is a way to write without writing. I can tell you with certainty there isn't one. - Author: Scott Berkun
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#92. I think one of the biggest mistakes you can make as a writer is to follow your initial [writing] plan too stringently. A story needs room to grow and evolve. - Author: Patrick Rothfuss
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#93. I like to think I'm positive and optimistic about things generally, but what I write does tend towards the darker end of the spectrum. - Author: Tim Lebbon
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#94. I don't believe in landing on one genre. That's too limiting. I don't think about that when I'm writing and recording. I just make what I feel should happen. Genres almost feel like something that's more for the listener; a need to organize it in categories. - Author: Brooke Waggoner
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#95. Well I've been locking myself up in my house for some time now Reading and writing and reading and thinking and searching for reasons and missing the seasons The Autumn, the Spring, the Summer, the snow - Author: Colleen Hoover
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#96. I write - and talk - in order to find out what I think. - Author: Susan Sontag
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#97. Writers get ideas all day every day. The FedEx guy delivers a package from Sears and the writer is thinking how it could actually be a ticking time bomb. - Author: Dan Alatorre
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#98. It's difficult to beat making your living thinking and writing about subjects that matter to you. - Author: Eleanor Holmes Norton
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#99. My mind is like a little house,
My peers break into.
They rearrange my furniture,
And the cabinets rifle through.
They throw things out;
They put things in,
And erase the writing on the wall,
And by the time that they walk out,
It's not my mind at all. - Author: Margo T. Rose
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#100. Thinking is creating with God, as thinking is writing with the ready writer; and worlds are only leaves turned over in the process of composition, about his throne. - Author: Henry Ward Beecher
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