A writer and, I believe, generally all persons must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.
Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of vocabularyand syntax to mislead their weak minds.Dorothy L(eigh) Sayers
One writer, for instance, excels at a plan, or a title-page, another works away the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index.Oliver Goldsmith
I could never be a complete scholar or a complete housewife or a complete writer: I must combine a little of all, and thereby be imperfect in all.Sylvia Plath
Movies are always made by committees, and the writer is not at the head of the committee. Thus, mush.jane espenson
Actually if a writer needs a dictionary he should not write. He should have read the dictionary at least three times from beginning to end and then have loaned it to someone who needs it. There are only certain words which are valid and similies (bring me my dictionary) are like defective ammunition (the lowest thing I can think of at this time).ernest hemingway
There were other Batman writers throughout the years but they could never capture the style and flavor of Bill's scripts. Bill was the best writer in the business and it seemed that he was destined to write Batman.bob kane
Only another writer, someone who had worked his heart out on a good book which sold three thousand copies, could appreciate the thrill that overcame me one April morning in 1973 when Dean Rivers of our small college in Georgia appeared at my classroom door.james a. michener
Wilde was not a great poet nor a consummate prose writer. He was a very astute Irishman who encompassed in epigrams an esthetic credo which others before him scattered in the space of long pages. He was an enfant terrible .jorge luis borges
We live in an age which eschews sentimentality as if it were a good deal more than the devil. (Actually, of course, a writer may be just as sentimental in laying undue emphasis on sexual crimes as on dying mothers: sentimental, like scientific, is an adjective that relates to method, not to matter.)Randall Jarrell
The last king of Mysore, Jayachamaraja Wodeyar (1919-1974), was, [for example], a renowned scholar in philosophy , a versatile music composer and a writer and humanist . And like many others in the Wodeyar clan before him, a great patron of the arts and culture .A.V. Narasimha Murthy, in When the Maharaja’s son failed an examination
Circumlocution, n. A literary trick whereby the writer who has nothing to say breaks it gently to the reader.Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
You have to have something vicious in you to be a creative writer? God save me from being 'nice'.1927 Book review, reprinted in Phoenix.
The great writer is always the plodder.Quoted in Patricia C Willis (ed) The Complete Poems of Marianne Moore (1986).
Accius was a writer of tragedies, and being once asked why he, whose dialogue was celebrated for its energy, did not engage in the practice at the bar, answered, because in his tragedies he could make his characters say what he pleased; but that at the bar he should have to contend with persons who would say anything but what he pleased.John Quincy Adams, in Lectures On Rhetoric And Oratory: Delivered To The Classes Of Senior And Junior Sophisters In Harvard University, Vol. 2 (1810), p. 91
When a young woman tells me that she wants to become and actor, I say, 'No, be a writer. Or go to business school and learn how to run a studio.' The only real change will come from behind the scenes.halle berry
He was a terrific writer and was the most responsible for the success and development of Batman. He really was the background for Batman; Bob Kane had ideas while Bill sort of organized them".bill finger
The role of the writer is not simply to arrange Being according to his own lights; he must also serve as a medium to Being and remain open to its often unfathomable dictates. This is the only way the work can transcend its creator and radiate its meaning further than the author himself can see or perceive.václav havel
He has attained supremacy in one particular line: he succeeds in inspiring a mysterious terror better than any other writer.sheridan le fanu
Editing should be, especially in the case of old writers, a counseling rather than a collaborating task. The tendency of the writer-editor to collaborate is natural, but he should say to himself, "How can I help this writer to say it better in his own style?" and avoid "How can I show him how I would write it, if it were my piece?"james thurber
A collection of short stories is generally thought to be a horrendous clinker; an enforced courtesy for the elderly writer who wants to display the trophies of his youth, along with his trout flies.john cheever
A writer who takes political, social or literary positions must act only with the means that are his. These means are the written words.jean-paul sartre
In every man's writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded.thomas carlyle
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