writer quotes

A good short-story writer has an instinct for sketching in just enough background to ground the specific story.Lynn Abbey

I'm not constrained by being a genre writer. Any story I can imagine, I can cast as a fantasy novel and probably get it published.Lynn Abbey

I do have a small collection of traditional SF ideas which I've never been able to sell. I'm known as a fantasy writer and neither my agent nor my editors want to risk my brand by jumping genre.Lynn Abbey

I'm a writer first and an editor second... or maybe third or even fourth. Successful editing requires a very specific set of skills, and I don't claim to have all of them at my command.Lynn Abbey

I think of myself as a writer who photographs. Images, for me, can be considered poems, short stories or essays. And I've always thought the best place for my photographs was inside books of my own creation.Sam Abell

As a writer, you have to first of all write what you want to. Listen to advice, by all means, but don't get bogged down in it.Joe Abercrombie

I'm a fast writer.J. J. Abrams

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.Dean Acheson

I burned out my drawing hand by using it too much. The common word for it is writer's cramp. The fancy words for it are focal dystonia. The symptom in my case was a pinky finger that went spastic when I tried to draw.Scott Adams

A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.Joseph Addison

My mom worked as a pharmacist, but she is one of the best storytellers I know. My sister is a gospel and opera singer and my brother, who passed away, was a writer.Tunde Adebimpe

I'm a writer. An amateur photographer. An actor.Ben Affleck

I have a huge respect for writers and realise that this is not an area that I find easy. I doubt that I would have the patience in front of a blank sheet of paper to become a writer.Jenny Agutter

In my early 30s, I started to realise I was avoiding something on a personal level, but also as a writer. I was in denial about who I was, and was trying to be someone who I was not.Ayad Akhtar

Good writers define reality; bad ones merely restate it. A good writer turns fact into truth; a bad writer will, more often than not, accomplish the opposite.Edward Albee

My purpose as a writer is to communicate in such a way as to challenge the thinking of readers and touch their hearts.Randy Alcorn

What I always wanted to get seen as was as a good actor, when it was the acting I was doing. When I'm writing, I want to try to be seen as a good writer.Alan Alda

I am a writer and always was; being a writer is an integral part of my identity. Being published, being well regarded, is a component of that identity.Brian Aldiss

It is comparatively easy to become a writer; staying a writer, resisting formulaic work, generating one's own creativity - that's a much tougher matter.Brian Aldiss

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man.Nelson Algren