Write your Sad times in Sand, Write your Good times in Stone.— George Bernard Shaw
Astounding Good Writing quotations
A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.
Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble.
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness.
I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.
Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts.. You need to start somewhere.
Men have such a good opinion of themselves, of their mental superiority and intellectual depth; they believe themselves so skilled in discerning the true from the false, the path of safety from those of error, that they should be forbidden as much as possible the perusal of philosophic writings.
We've backed off in good faith to try and give you a chance to straighten this problem out. But I am going to beg with you for a minute. I'm going to plead with you, do not cross us. Because if you do, the survivors will write about what we do here for 10,000 years.
I am awfully greedy; I want everything from life. I want to be a woman and to be a man, to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write good books, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all which I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger.
Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book, Write a good one !
I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party, what my son was writing. I was thinking about Legos.
It's always hard to wrap up a series.
The longer I spend with the characters, the more they become like friends.
You could write a song about some kind of emotional problem you are having, but it would not be a good song, in my eyes, until it went through a period of sensitivity to a moment of clarity. Without that moment of clarity to contribute to the song, it's just complaining.
Good authors, too, who once knew better words now only use four-letter words writing prose... anything goes.
They ask me what I'd like written about me when I'm gone.
I hope they write I made Penn State a better place, not just that I was a good football coach.
Without dignity our lives are only blinks of duration.
But if we manage to lead a good life well, we create something more. We write a subscript to our mortality. We make our lives tiny diamonds in the cosmic sands.
Any fool can write code that a computer can understand.
Good programmers write code that humans can understand.
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.
Well, when I am fifty-three or so I would like to write a novel as good as Persuasion but with a modern setting, of course. For the next thirty years or so I shall be collecting material for it. If anyone asks me what I work at, I shall say, 'Collecting material'. No one can object to that.
But the reality is when you write a song, you should be able to strip away all the instruments and just have a song right there with an acoustic guitar and a voice, and the song should be good.
Talking of Pleasure, this moment I was writing with one hand, and with the other holding to my Mouth a Nectarine - how good how fine. It went down all pulpy, slushy, oozy, all its delicious embonpoint melted down my throat like a large, beatified Strawberry.
Write about what you know and care deeply about.
When one puts one's self on paper - that is what is called good writing.
Good writing excites me, and makes life worth living.
If I had to rank my skills, I have a long way to go before I can write a good graphic novel.
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.
Good prose should be transparent, like a window pane.
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!
There is no such thing as good writing, only good rewriting.
Equal interchange of goods and service between buyer and seller is the keynote of tomorrow's business world when the vision of the modern business man awakens him to the wisdom of writing that policy into his code of ethics.
My ideal job? Landlord of a bordello! The company's good and the mornings are quiet, which is the best time to write.
History is life; he who has not lived, or has lived only enough to write a doctoral dissertation, is too inexperienced with life to write good history.
To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.
I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings. Deep songs don't come from the surface; they come from the deep down. The poetry and the songs that you are suppose to write, I believe are in your heart.
Good English, well spoken and well written will open more doors than a college degree... Bad English will slam doors you don't even know exist.
A good song should make you wanna tap your foot and get with your girl.
A great song should destroy cops and set fire to the suburbs. I'm only interested in writing great songs.
The Hank Williams Syndrome: Come to Nashville, write some good songs, cut some hit records, make money, take all the drugs you can and drink all you can, become a wild man and all of a sudden die.
Let me tell you how the story ends, where the good guys die and the bad guys win. It doesn't matter how many friend you make, but the graffite they write on your grave.
What you're trying to do when you write is to crowd the reader out of his own space and occupy it with yours, in a good cause. You're trying to take over his sensibility and deliver an experience that moves from mere information.