People will never forget how you made them feel.— Maya Angelou
Captivate Good Writers quotations
It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.
The mind of a writer can be a truly terrifying thing.
Isolated, neurotic, caffeine-addled, crippled by procrastination, consumed by feelings of panic, self-loathing, and soul-crushing inadequacy. And that’s on a good day.
The most important thing for me is that I've used my talents as a writer to enable the Ogoni people to confront their tormentors. I was not able to do it as a politician or a businessman. My writing did it. And it sure makes me feel good! I'm mentally prepared for the worst, but hopeful for the best. I think I have the moral victory.
A good writer is not, per se, a good book critic.
No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.
Nothing can destroy the good writer. The only thing that can alter the good writer is death. Good ones don't have time to bother with success or getting rich.
That's what a writer does; they make things up and that makes for good reading.
I wouldn't encourage new writers to start off publishing through electronic media... it still isn't wide enough for the readership they would need to get a good start
Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, a good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-dressed, well-groomed, and unaggressive.
Writing is the flip side of sex - it's good only when it's over.
You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer.
But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.
Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever quite took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.
Well a good writer writes, a good musician listens to a lot more than he actually composes, and if you're going to do lyrics - well, there's a Freudian slip. That's not even a slip, that's a Freudian move: I said going to do lyrics. If you really want it to ring true, you'll live it first. Go really get your heart broken!
My father was a really funny guy. He lived a good long life. And he was the reason I wanted to be funny and become a comedian and a comedy writer, so to say that he's somewhat of a mythic figure in my life would be an understatement.
I'd like to have money. And I'd like to be a good writer. These two can come together, and I hope they will, but if that's too adorable, I'd rather have money.
Don't mistake a good setup for a satisfying conclusion - many beginning writers end their stories when the real story is just ready to begin.
Write what you care about and understand.
Writers should never try to outguess the marketplace in search of a salable idea; the simple truth is that all good books will eventually find a publisher if the writer tries hard enough, and a central secret to writing a good book is to write on that people like you will enjoy.
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright.
I have never thought of myself as a good writer.
Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I'm one of the world's great rewriters.
You don't start out writing good stuff.
You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.
A good writer is not someone who knows how to write- but how to rewrite
I got a fortune cookie that said, "To remember is to understand.
" I have never forgotten it. A good judge remembers what it was like to be a lawyer. A good editor remembers being a writer. A good parent remembers what it was like to be a child.
The writer is a spiritual anarchist, as in the depth of his soul every man is.
He is discontented with everything and everybody. The writer is everybody's best friend and only true enemy-the good and great enemy. He neither walks with the multitude nor cheers with them. The writer who is a writer is a rebel who never stops
A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer.
But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.
Every great or even every very good writer makes the world over according to his own specifications.
A good writer is basically a story teller, not a scholar or a redeemer of mankind.
I review novels to make money, because it is easier for a sluggard to write an article a fortnight than a book a year, because the writer is soothed by the opiate of action, the crank by posing as a good journalist, and having an air hole. I dislike it. I do it and I am always resolving to give it up.
A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.
I'm sort of an 'automatic' writer. I'm not much for chiseling away at songs or working at them for days trying to make them perfect. If I can sit down and write something in five minutes, then that's great. And if that doesn't happen, then either it doesn't get finished or else it's usually not any good.
I only sound intelligent when there's a good script writer around.
I think every writer's had the experience of having a really good idea, waiting to write it, and then once you write it, you're like, "Oh I kind of got past the sell by date on this." I'm not connected to the initial spark that was the idea. A lot of that's about staying open.
Good writers are in the business of leaving signposts saying, Tour my world, see and feel it through my eyes; I am your guide.
Imagination? It is the one thing beside honesty that a good writer must have.
The more he learns from experience the more he can imagine.
Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words.