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A writer must always try to have a philosophy and he should also have a psychology and a philology and many other things. Without a philosophy and a psychology and all these various other things he is not really worthy of being called a writer. Gertrude Stein
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The thing about being a mystery writer, what marks a mystery writer out from a chick lit author or historical fiction writer, is that you always find a mystery in every situation. Tana French
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The most difficult thing about living as a writer is precisely 'having to write.' Pretending to be a writer is easy. Living freely, reading many books, going on frequent trips, cultivating minor eccentricities... but genuinely being a writer is difficult, because you have to write something that will convince both yourself and readers. Kim Youngha
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I think my family's watched me over the years in my career, in my pursuit of my career, and they've seen the challenges and the struggles that come with being an actor, with being a writer and a director, and the challenges of morphing my career in from just being an actor into a writer/director. Ricky Schroder
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I'm a fifty-three-year-old writer who can remember being a ten-year-old writer and who expects someday to be an eighty-year-old writer. Octavia Butler
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I knew that I wanted to be a writer even before I knew exactly what being a writer entailed Dan Simmons
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Sometimes, in my published complaints about not being a writer, I have recalled the prospect - the yearning to be a writer - as it first formed for me. Shirley Geok-lin Lim
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Siren voices tell me, 'You don't have to keep going on.' And then you think, 'I'm a writer. What do I do? Sit there watching my wife clean up?' I don't know. I like being a writer. Terry Pratchett
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I feel very lucky and privileged to be a writer. I feel lucky in the sense that I can branch out into prose and tell different kinds of stories and stuff. But being a writer is so great because you're literally not dependent on anybody. Sam Shepard
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The difference between being a part-time writer and a full-time writer is like the difference between dating someone and living with them. Some of the romance is gone, but you learn things you'd never know just by dating. Scott Westerfeld
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Being a writer is a poverty trap. I mean, it's a terrible profession. Pat Barker
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It implies a slight failure as a writer that you are reduced to being a ghostwriter for the money. Robert Harris
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Being a good writer may result in your being nicer to more people, having a bigger positive impact. Marty Nemko
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Being famous as a writer is like being famous in a village. It's not really any very heady fame. Peter Carey
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If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about he may omit things that he knows and the reader, if the writer is writing truly enough, will have a feeling of those things as strongly as though the writer had stated them. The dignity of movement of an ice-berg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water. A writer who omits things because he does not know them only makes hollow places in his writing. Ernest Hemingway
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I like the idea of a writer being haunted by his own creation, especially if the writer resents the way the character defines him. Bret Easton Ellis
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If anyone asks me whether I like being a popular writer, I ask them whether they think I'd rather be an unpopular writer. Barbara Taylor Bradford
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I don't buy into the idea that an Irish writer should write about Ireland, or a gay writer should write about being gay. John Boyne
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I used to object to being called an Indian writer, and would always say I was a writer who happened to be an Indian, and who happened to write about Indians. James Welch
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There's a powerful magic about being a writer that I still marvel at. Sidney Lumet
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