Quotes: Writing, Writers

(a field of endeavor where many contribute but few are chosen)

1. A conscientious or concerted effort toward an end; an earnest attempt.
2. A purposeful or industrious activity; an enterprise.
3. An effort to achieve a set or specified goal or purpose.
write, writing
1. To trace or form (characters, letters, words, etc.) on the surface of some material, as with a pen, pencil, or other instrument or means; to inscribe informaton.
2. To express or to communicate in writing; to give a written account of something.
3. To execute or produce by setting down words, figures, etc.
5. To compose and produce in words or characters duly set down; such as, to write a letter to a friend.
6. To produce as an author or composer; as, to write a sonnet; to write a symphony.
1. Someone who is engaged in writing books, articles, stories, etc.; especially, as an occupation or profession; an author or journalist.
2. A clerk, a scribe, or similar activity.
3. A person who commits his or her thoughts, ideas, etc., to writing.


The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.
—Marty Feldman

Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.
—Jesse Stuart

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
—Ronald Reagan; actor, President of the United States

I don’t think anyone should write their autobiography until after they’re dead.
—Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974)

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.
—Attributed to Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.
—Stephen King (1947- ), On Writing, pg. 147

You are not just an author, a publisher, or a publicist, you are an information provider. You must provide your knowledge in any form your buyer wants: books, reports, audios, videos, seminars, speeches and/or private consulting.
—Dan Poynter, author and specialist in book promotions

A good writer is basically a story-teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
—Isaac Bashevis Singer

Critics are a dissembling, dishonest, contemptible race of men. Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost what it feels about dogs.
—John Osborne

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