Monday, 29 December 2008


I got bored and happened across some very good writing quotes. So here's a sample -

"Whenever you write, whatever you write, never make the mistake of assuming the audience is any less intelligent than you are." - Rod Serling

"I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it." - Toni Morrison

"Screenwriting is like writing in the sand with the wind blowing." - Frances Marion

"I loved Feydeau's one rule of playwriting: Character A: My life is perfect as long as I don't see Character B. Knock Knock. Enter Character B." - John Guare

"Writing is so difficult that I often feel that writers, having had their hell on earth, will escape all punishment thereafter." - Jessamyn West

"The role of the writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say." - Anais Nin

"The first draft of everything is shit." - Ernest Hemingway

"A movie is not a book. If the source material is a book, you cannot be too respectful of the book. All you owe to the book is the spirit. Everything else-- just tear that motherfucker apart." - Richard Price

"A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer." - Karl Kraus

"Writing is the hardest way of earning a living with the possible exception of wrestling alligators." - William Saroyan

"If writers were good businessmen, they'd have too much sense to be writers." - Irvin S. Cobb

"Literature is an occupation in which you have to keep proving your talent to people who have none." - Jules Renard

And now my own shiny quote -

"I would be amazed if I passed someone in the street one day and they said 'Aren't you that bloke who wrote that thing?'" - Neil Baker.

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