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The short- term plan, then, is an operative plan defining goals in writing and clearly indicating how these goals are to be carried out...More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As if reasoning were any kind of writing or talking which tends to convince people that some doctrine or measure is true and right.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Every writing career starts as a personal quest for sainthood, for self-betterment. Sooner or later, and as a rule quite soon, a man discovers that his pen accomplishes a lot more than his soul.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is wrong to be harsh with the New York critics, unless one admits in the same breath that it is a condition of their existence that they should write entertainingly about something which is rarely worth writing about at all.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good critical writing is measured by the perception and evaluation of the subject; bad critical writing by the necessity of maintaining the professional standing of the critic.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The most durable thing in writing is style, and style is the most valuable investment a writer can make with his time. It pays off slowly, your agent will sneer at it, your publisher will misunderstand it, and it will take people you have never heard of to convince them by slow degrees that the writer who puts his individual mark on the way he writes will always pay off.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writer who loses his self-doubt, who gives way as he grows old to a sudden euphoria, to prolixity, should stop writing immediately: the time has come for him to lay aside his pen.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The first essential in writing about anything is that the writer should have no experience of the matter.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An editor should tell the author his writing is better than it is. Not a lot better, a little better.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft. You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only amateurs say that they write for their own amusement. Writing is not an amusing occupation. It is a combination of ditch-digging, mountain-climbing, treadmill and childbirth. Writing may be interesting, absorbing, exhilarating, racking, relieving. But amusing? Never!More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The human head is bigger than the globe. It conceives itself as containing more. It can think and rethink itself and ourselves from any desired point outside the gravitational pull of the earth. It starts by writing one thing and later reads itself as something else. The human head is monstrous.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your approaching impotence, failure and general drying up of natural juices. Not a one will wish you luck or hope that you will keep on writing unless you have political affiliations in which case these will rally around and speak of you and Homer, Balzac, Zola and Link Steffens.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written. It is because we have had such great writers in the past that a writer is driven far out past where he can go, out to where no one can help him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The secret of all good writing is sound judgment.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The writing of the wise are the only riches our posterity cannot squander.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only phenomenon with which writing has always been concomitant is the creation of cities and empires, that is the integration of large numbers of individuals into a political system, and their grading into castes or classes. It seems to have favored the exploitation of human beings rather than their enlightenment.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Opinionated writing is always the most difficult... simply because it involves retaining in the cold morning-after crystal of the printed word the burning flow of molten feeling.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Would you not like to try all sorts of lives -- one is so very small -- but that is the satisfaction of writing -- one can impersonate so many people.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The ambivalence of writing is such that it can be considered both an act and an interpretive process that follows after an act with which it cannot coincide. As such, it both affirms and denies its own nature.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Talk back to your internal critic. Train yourself to recognize and write down critical thoughts as they go through your mind. Learn why these thoughts are untrue and practice talking and writing back to them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Much of the ill-tempered railing against women that has characterized the popular writing of the last two years is a half-hearted attempt to find a way back to a more balanced relationship between our biological selves and the world we have built. So women are scolded both for being mothers and for not being mothers, for wanting to eat their cake and have it too, and for not wanting to eat their cake and have it too.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am always interested in why young people become writers, and from talking with many I have concluded that most do not want to be writers working eight and ten hours a day and accomplishing little; they want to have been writers, garnering the rewards of having completed a best-seller. They aspire to the rewards of writing but not to the travail.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I always write a good first line, but I have trouble in writing the others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My plan of instruction is extremely simple and limited. They learn, on week-days, such coarse works as may fit them for servants. I allow of no writing for the poor. My object is not to make fanatics, but to train up the lower classes in habits of industry and piety.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The only way out is the way through, just as you cannot escape from death except by dying. Being unable to write, you must examine in writing this being unable, which becomes for the present -- henceforth? -- the subject to which you are condemned.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All writers are vain, selfish and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives lies a mystery. Writing a book is a long, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. Translation is very much like copying paintings.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Historians desiring to write the actions of men, ought to set down the simple truth, and not say anything for love or hatred; also to choose such an opportunity for writing as it may be lawful to think what they will, and write what they think, which is a rare happiness of the time.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One cannot but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase getting something for nothing, as if it were the peculiar and perverse ambition of disturbers of society. Except for our animal outfit, practically all we have is handed us gratis. Can the most complacent reactionary flatter himself that he invented the art of writing or the printing press, or discovered his religious, economic, and moral convictions, or any of the devices which supply him with meat and raiment or any of the sources of such pleasure as he may derive from literature or the fine arts? In short, civilization is little else than getting something for nothing.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The profession of book writing makes horse racing seem like a solid, stable business.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Any historian of the literature of the modern age will take virtually for granted the adversary intention, the actually subversive intention, that characterizes modern writing -- he will perceive its clear purpose of detaching the reader from the habits of thought and feeling that the larger culture imposes, of giving him a ground and a vantage point from which to judge and condemn, and perhaps revise, the culture that produces him.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Often I think writing is a sheer paring away of oneself leaving always something thinner, barer, more meager.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good writing is clear thinking made visible.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Shocking writing is like murder: the questions the jury must decide are the questions of motive and intent.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He would stab his best friend for the sake of writing an epigram on his tombstone.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing Double Dahlias in his garden.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Daniel C. Noel: These books made the reader into an apprentice. And just like Carlos was presented as being an apprentice to don Juan, the reader is an apprentice to the writing of Castaneda.More [08/24/2005 12:08:00]

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