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The more research you do, the more at ease you are in the world you're writing about. It doesn't encumber you, it makes you free. open_in_new

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I don't only write about English literature; I also write about chaos theory and... ants. I can understand ants. open_in_new

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What I need to write well is a combination of heat, light and solitude. open_in_new

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Reading a newspaper is like reading someone's letters, as opposed to a biography or a history. The writer really does not know what will happen. A novelist needs to feel what that is like. open_in_new

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I did a lot of my writing as though I was an academic, doing some piece of research as perfectly as possible. open_in_new

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I don't understand why, in my work, writing is always so dangerous. It's very destructive. People who write books are destroyers. open_in_new

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My professional and human obsession is the nature of language, and my best relationships are with other writers. In many ways, I know George Eliot better than I know my husband. open_in_new

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I think that most of the children's writers live in the world that they've created, and their children are kind of phantoms that wander around the edge of it in the world, but actually the children's writers are the children. open_in_new

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I'd like to write the way Matisse paints. open_in_new

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I think my characters with my fingers, I think my characters with my guts. But when I say I think them, that is what I do, I feel them with the sympathetic neurons and I work out with my brain what it is that I am trying to write about, or I can't do it. open_in_new

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If you want to teach women to be great writers, you should show them the best, and the best was often done by men. It was more often done by men than by women, if we're going to be truthful. open_in_new

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It's a terrible poison, writing. open_in_new

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I always say I write my own novels and the characters don't take control of me, but in fact, I look at the characters in the early stages and I think, 'What is he or she like,' and they slowly come together and they become the person they are. open_in_new

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I hated being a novelist when I was 20 - I had nothing to write about. open_in_new

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I am suspicious of writers who go looking for issues to address. Writers are neither preachers nor journalists. Journalists know much more than most writers about what's going on in the world. And if you want to change things, you do journalism. open_in_new

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I like to write about painting because I think visually. I see my writing as blocks of color before it forms itself. I think I also care about painting because I'm not musical. Painting to me is not a metaphor for writing, but something people do that can never be reduced to words. open_in_new

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I don't think it is an easy thing to write and expect to be commercial, even if you are from Venus and a hermaphrodite. open_in_new

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I have never been able to read Agatha Christie - the pleasure is purely in the puzzle, and the reader is toyed with by someone who didn't decide herself who the killer was until the end of the writing. open_in_new

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Writing is my love. If you love something, you find a lot of time. I write for two hours a day, usually starting at midnight; at times, I start at 11. open_in_new

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I get to sing and act and write and create and produce for a living and share art with people, and I feel like a piece of that is in honor of those who came before me. open_in_new

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In high school, my English teacher Celeste McMenamin introduced me to the great novels and Shakespeare and taught me how to write. Essays, poetry, critical analysis. Writing is a skill that was painful then but a love of mine now. open_in_new

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Normally, I just sit in my quiet little room and do the small things that bring me pleasures. I read my books, I answer email, I write a little bit. open_in_new

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Writing an encyclopedia is hard. To do anywhere near a decent job, you have to know a great deal of information about an incredibly wide variety of subjects. Writing so much text is difficult, but doing all the background research seems impossible. open_in_new

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I write about my feelings, things that happen in my life and experiences. open_in_new

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There is always a certain leap of faith that editors have made with their nonfiction writers. If the trust is broken, things can get very embarrassing for the writers and the publisher. open_in_new

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After 'Lindbergh,' my publisher asked whom I wanted to write about next. I said, 'There's one idea I've been carrying in my hip pocket for 35 years. It's Woodrow Wilson.' open_in_new

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Essentially, it is the director who is the creative head of a film. The final authority on all decisions lies with the director. That is how it should be. And then other team members can give their creative inputs. open_in_new

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Originally, I wanted a pop career and formed a girl-band 'Genie Queen' managed by Andy McClusky from 'Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark', but it didn't work out. My brother John is the talented singer and song-writer with 'The Razz,' while my other brother Sean is a footballer for Telford United. open_in_new

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I think that in order to get better as an athlete and to see whatever kind of results you're after, you have to make goals. Whether you write them down or tell someone about them, it's important to set goals for yourself in order to achieve any kind of success. open_in_new

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The best gift for an actor is the love of the fans. Many make sweet cards, write letters and even come and meet me wherever I am in India. The love and blessings of your elders is also always cherished, but the extra mile that the fans go to is memorable. open_in_new

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Writing novels is largely about endurance and patience. I take a lot of breaks, hit walls, and go do something else while I think things through. But I do it every day, and I try to treat it as a job, something that is not dictated by whimsy or muses. open_in_new

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For me, most of the anxiety and difficulty of writing takes place in the act of not writing. It's the procrastination, the thinking about writing that's difficult. open_in_new

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I believe that writers have a responsibility to evolve the language, whether by introducing new words or new usages. Shakespeare alone is responsible for something like 3400 words and phrases. open_in_new

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I like to write in coffee shops in countries in which languages I do not speak are spoken. That way, you're surrounded by the buzz of humanity, but you aren't distracted by people's conversations. open_in_new

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As a writer, I've always been somebody who's been productive and hustled hard. open_in_new

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It's hilarious to me that by writing an obscene fake children's book I am mistaken for a parenting expert. open_in_new

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When I'm writing, I'm in an isolation chamber. I'm not one to think about that outside world stuff when I'm writing. open_in_new

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I try to write in the mornings, as soon as I'm up and caffeinated, and to stay in the chair as long as I can be productive. open_in_new

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Graffiti writers were the most interesting people in hip hop. They were the mad scientists, the mad geniuses, the weird ones. open_in_new

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My approach is to treat writing very much as a job. open_in_new

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For me, graffiti writers were always the fascinating eccentrics of hip-hop culture. What they do is secretive by definition, and not remunerative in any way. open_in_new

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My wife likes me to point out that she puts our daughter down to sleep more often than I do, which gives me time to write stupid books about it. open_in_new

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The Arab World is writing a new future; the pen is in our own hands. open_in_new

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The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I'm just gonna tell her, 'Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they'll have to hire you, they can't really fire you, and you don't have to produce that much. It'll be awesome.' open_in_new

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I thought writing about somebody current would be a little closer to what I'm used to doing. open_in_new

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Another thing that's quite different in writing a book as a practicing newspaperman is that if you look at what you've written the next morning and you think you didn't get it quite right, you can fix it. open_in_new

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Adam Grant - If we want girls to receive positive reinforcement for early acts of leadership, let's discourage bossy behavior along with banning bossy labels. That means teaching girls to engage in behaviors that earn admiration before they assert their authority.

If we want girls to receive positive reinforcement for early acts of leadership, let's discourage bossy behavior along with banning bossy labels. That means teaching girls to engage in behaviors that earn admiration before they assert their authority. open_in_new

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In college, my idea of a productive day was to start writing at 7 A.M. and not leave my chair until dinnertime. open_in_new

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To make sense of bossiness, we need to tease apart two fundamental aspects of social hierarchy that are often lumped together: power and status. Power lies in holding a formal position of authority or controlling important resources. Status involves being respected or admired. open_in_new

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Complex tasks are often better handled in the back of our mind, and that's often true of creative tasks - when you have something complex to deal with in writing or research or responding to an email. I'll start working, put it aside, and sometimes I'll wake up the next morning with a solution, or I'll find one when I exercise. open_in_new

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When writing 'Give and Take' and 'Originals,' the predominant emotion for me was curiosity. open_in_new

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A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence. open_in_new

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I gave up writing children's books. I wanted to escape from them as I had once wanted to escape from 'Punch': as I have always wanted to escape. In vain. open_in_new

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I am sure of this: that no one can write a book which children will like unless he write it for himself first. open_in_new

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Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being. open_in_new

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No sensible author wants anything but praise. open_in_new

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Nature, not content with denying him the ability to think, has endowed him with the ability to write. open_in_new

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Even if you walk exactly the same route each time - as with a sonnet - the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same. open_in_new

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That's a wonderful change that's taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends. open_in_new

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The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance. open_in_new

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If you know somebody is going to be awfully annoyed by something you write, that's obviously very satisfying, and if they howl with rage or cry, that's honey. open_in_new

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Tennyson seems to be the patron saint of the wishy washies, which is perhaps why I admire him so much, not only as a poet, but as a man. open_in_new

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I don't think you can tell the objective truth about a person. That's why people write novels. open_in_new

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I don't write books inadvertently. open_in_new

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Everyone writes in Tolstoy's shadow, whether one feels oneself to be Tolstoyan or not. open_in_new

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If you imagine writing 1,000 words a day, which most journalists do, that would be a very long book a year. I don't manage nearly that... but I have published slightly too much recently. open_in_new

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My kind publishers, Toby Mundy and Margaret Stead of Atlantic Books, have commissioned me to write the life of Queen Victoria. open_in_new

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'Halo' I wrote with my grandpa in his nursing home. When I went to visit him, he'd often comment on my halo. But of course, I couldn't see. And he always - he had pictures of Jesus with these beautiful halos. And so I asked him if he'd write a song with me about Jesus' halo. open_in_new

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When I'm singing, it's a mixture of my innocence in the projects, my mom and dad. It's all the good and the bad, the laughs and the frowns that I went through and seen other people go through. Then you be trying to write it. Whatever's coming out, you try and make it all cool. open_in_new

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I write poetry on my iPhone. I've got about 100 poems on there. open_in_new

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'Yellow Moon' was a poem. My wife at the time, Joel - she's dead now - it was our 25th anniversary. She had the chance to go on a cruise with her sister. And I'm home with the kids and looking up, and I saw the big moon, and I just started writing. open_in_new

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I might see something on TV and get inspired to write about it. I can't sit down and plan to write. It has to come to me in my head like someone telling me the words. open_in_new

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Penmanship means a lot to me. I don't have cursive penmanship, though. I've created my own penmanship. It's very clear. Everyone can read it. I write things down all day long. open_in_new

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I get inspired in certain places. You have to write in places like Amsterdam or Paris or New Zealand, when you're standing on a yacht, looking out at the middle of the ocean. open_in_new

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I've started getting acclimated to writing on the road and on the spot. I just let whatever I feel at the time come out, instead of really sitting there and taking days to write just one song. open_in_new

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This is just rap. I'm not trying to make people think I'm some sort of scientific wizard or inspirational poet. open_in_new

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I don't really write jokes down. I tend to have a premise that I work out and test on stage. open_in_new

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With 'New Rose Hotel,' I knew that I was getting paid a $100,000 fee to write, produce, and direct, and that's all I was going to get. open_in_new

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After my tour I had time to stay at home, be with my boyfriend and hang out with friends and that brought me down to earth and helped me write music from a more relaxed place. open_in_new

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Abraham Maslow - A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. open_in_new

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The Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, said an eminent scholar, have God for their Author, the Salvation of mankind for their end, and Truth without any mixture of error for their matter. open_in_new

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What can a pencil do for all of us? Amazing things. It can write transcendent poetry, uplifting music, or life-changing equations; it can sketch the future, give life to untold beauty, and communicate the full-force of our love and aspirations. open_in_new

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I had a financial page to write in the Mail on Sunday where I'd give tips on shares. I worked there for two and a half years. Nothing compares to the burst of energy felt on a newsroom floor when a big story breaks. open_in_new

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It came about as follows: over the years when I was involved in dianetics, I wrote the beginnings of many stories. I would get an idea, and then write the beginning, and then never touch it again. open_in_new

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I had casually rented an apartment that cost $75 a month because I expected my writing to pay my way. open_in_new

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I figure that that has a ten year cycle. At the end of that ten years, I began to get worried that I would run into what is known as the writer's block, the feeling of not being able to do these things. open_in_new

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But, somewhere in there, I did have the thought that this really fits in with my thinking about what I wanted to do; with what has to be done by a writer in order to stay alive as a writer. open_in_new

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You have to remember that I was a bright but simple fellow from Canada who seldom, if ever, met another writer, and then only a so-called literary type that occasionally sold a story and meanwhile worked in an office for a living. open_in_new

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The most difficult and complicated part of the writing process is the beginning. open_in_new

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Nobody trusts anyone in authority today. It is one of the main features of our age. Wherever you look, there are lying politicians, crooked bankers, corrupt police officers, cheating journalists and double-dealing media barons, sinister children's entertainers, rotten and greedy energy companies, and out-of-control security services. open_in_new

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The demand in India is to have a hit, which becomes a promotion for the movie and makes people come to the theater. You have five songs and different promotions based on those. But when I do Western films, the need for originality is greater. Then I become very conscious about the writing. open_in_new

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Compared with other Indian film composers, I only write about six movies a year. Others write up to 60. open_in_new

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I want young Indian composers to be able to do more than just film music. I want to give them the skills that will enable them to create their own palette of sounds instead of having to write formulaic music. It doesn't matter if they become sound engineers, producers, composers or performers - I want them to be as imaginative as they like. open_in_new

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Imagine a world in which no writer has written a literary novel in sixty years. Imagine a place where not a single person has read a book that is truly about the character at its center. open_in_new

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You should not do an autobiography if you want to tell the truth. There are a lot of things I know about people. If I can't say something good about a person, I don't want to say anything. And since I don't want to say anything bad, I won't write a book. open_in_new

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Tell your idea to whomever will listen, and you'll get valuable market feedback before writing a single line of code. open_in_new

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Usually when I write a script, I have in mind some real people that I'm writing about, who don't always act in the film afterward. open_in_new

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Of course, relative citation frequencies are no measure of relative importance. Who has not aspired to write a paper so fundamental that very soon it is known to everyone and cited by no one? open_in_new

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I spent every night until four in the morning on my dissertation, until I came to the point when I could not write another word, not even the next letter. I went to bed. Eight o'clock the next morning I was up writing again. open_in_new

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The way to write is well, and how is your own business. open_in_new

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