People will never forget how you made them feel.— Maya Angelou
Whopping Famous Writers quotations
Character is built by striving to be kind, not famous.
I can’t write five words but that I change seven.
My own experience is that once a story has been written, one has to cross out the beginning and the end. It is there that we authors do most of our lying.
As a writer you ask yourself to dream while aware.
Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.
I've enjoyed being a famous writer-except that every once in a while you have to write something.
A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but that's the only way you can do anything really good.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any.
All the information you need can be given in dialogue.
If you wish to be a writer, write.
Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and you find that you have created - nothing.
My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers - it's what my children call my 'dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few.
Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.
When I sit down to write a book, I do not say to myself, 'I am going to produce a work of art.' I write it because there is some lie that I want to expose, some fact to which I want to draw attention, and my initial concern is to get a hearing.
Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
I'm a writer. Therefore. I am not sane.
How many writers in history have ever been as famous as Stephen King? He casts an awfully long shadow.
The road to hell is paved with leeks and potatoes
There's no such thing as writer's block.
That was invented by people in California who couldn't write.
Being a famous writer is a little like being a tall dwarf. You're on the edge of normality.
I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.
The road to Hell is paved with unbought stuffed dogs.
Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere.
The Revelation was my master's project, and after I finished it, I thought I'd send it off to a publisher and within a year or so be a rich and famous writer. Two years later I finally sold it. For a whopping $4,000. A year after that, it finally came out. Which explains why there are all those terrible jobs on my resume!
Read, read read. Read everything.
Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day.
The fame thing is interesting because I never wanted to be famous, and I never dreamt I would be famous. You know, my fantasy of being a famous writer, and again there's a slight disconnect with reality which happens a lot with me. I imagined being a famous writer would be like being like Jane Austen.
First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him.
I saw that everything famous and beautiful in the world, if we judge by the descriptions and drawings of writers and artists, always loses when we go to see it and examine it closely.
If you could have a famous writer, dead or alive, write an obituary for you and really puff you up to have been something you weren’t, perhaps, or otherwise take liberties with your memory, what writer would you choose?
I spent my first 50 years trying to become known as a writer and the next 30 trying to avoid being famous. I walk down the street or go to a football game and people shout, 'Hey Andy'. I hate that.
As a young child I wanted to be a writer because writers were rich and famous.
They lounged around Singapore and Rangoon smoking opium in a yellow pongee silk suit. They sniffed cocaine in Mayfair and they penetrated forbidden swamps with a faithful native boy and lived in the native quarter of Tangier smoking hashish and languidly caressing a pet gazelle.
Our most famous writers are Faulkner and Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor.
It would make sense that the poetry would reflect some of those same values, some of the same techniques.
There are reviews that are clearly wrong.
Dr. Johnson's famous Life of Savage, he's clearly wrong about the value of Savage. But it's one of the great works in English literature. You can learn more about the artistic expression and what the poet does and how to write about art from that than any number of guys who are terrible writers, who have no original ideas, but who say yes, "Hamlet" is a wonderful play. It's a meaningless statement.
Vitruvius, the great writer, architect and engineer, identified in his famous treatise on Architecture that the three values essential to any work of Architecture were: firmitas, utilitas, and venustas; or firmness, utility, and delight. Firmness meaning well built, solid and resistant; utility meaning useful and functional, and delight meaning beautiful.