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Sam Shepard (b. November 5): “Without writing I’d feel completely useless” & other quotes on writing

5 Nov
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Sam Shepard, born 5 November 1943, is an author, playwright, actor and director. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff

Quotes on writing:

  1. I think without writing I would feel completely useless.
  2. When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.
  3. I’ve heard writers talk about ‘discovering a voice’, but for me that wasn’t a problem. There were so many voices that I didn’t know where to start.
  4. The great thing for me, now, is that writing has become more and more interesting. Not just as a craft but as a way into things that are not described. 
  5. I’m a writer. The more I act, the more resistance I have to it. If you accept work in a movie, you accept to be entrapped for a certain part of time, but you know you’re getting out. I’m also earning enough to keep my horses, buying some time to write.
  6. My first job was with the Burns Detective Agency. They sent me over to the East River to guard coal barges during these god-awful hours like three to six in the morning. It wasn’t a very difficult job — all I had to do was make a round every fifteen minutes — but it turned out to be a great environment for writing. I was completely alone in a little outhouse with an electric heater and a little desk.

Ed McBain (b. October 15): “It’s a matter of style” & other quotes on writing

15 Oct

Ed McBain (born 15 October 1926, died 6 July 2005) was an American author and screenwriter, who also wrote as Evan Hunter. He wrote for five decades, penning hundreds of novels, including The 87th Precinct Series. He also wrote screenplays such as The Birds for Alfred Hitchcock. He was the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association’s highest award. He also holds the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Grand Master Award.

Six quotes on writing:

  1. A detective sees death in all its various forms at least five times a week. 
  2. Changing writing styles is like an actor taking on a different part.
  3. Readers are what it’s all about, aren’t they? If not, why am I writing?
  4. Depending on what I’m working on, I come to the writing desk with entirely different mindsets. When I change from one to the other, it’s as if another writer is on the scene.
  5. I wanted to be an artist. I was studying art. I wanted to be a great painter. When I went into the Navy, there wasn’t much to draw at sea. So I began writing, and I began reading a lot.
  6. I never take ideas from the headlines. I feel that if a story is good enough, a real story that is, then it’s already been covered by the media, and if it’s not good enough, why would I want to bother with it?

Sam Shepard (b. November 5): “Without writing I’d feel completely useless” & other quotes on writing

5 Nov
shepard

pinterest.com/pin/39406565465097051/

Sam Shepard, born 5 November 1943, is an author, playwright, actor and director. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff

Quotes on writing:

  1. I think without writing I would feel completely useless.
  2. When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.
  3. I’ve heard writers talk about ‘discovering a voice’, but for me that wasn’t a problem. There were so many voices that I didn’t know where to start.
  4. The great thing for me, now, is that writing has become more and more interesting. Not just as a craft but as a way into things that are not described. 
  5. I’m a writer. The more I act, the more resistance I have to it. If you accept work in a movie, you accept to be entrapped for a certain part of time, but you know you’re getting out. I’m also earning enough to keep my horses, buying some time to write.
  6. My first job was with the Burns Detective Agency. They sent me over to the East River to guard coal barges during these god-awful hours like three to six in the morning. It wasn’t a very difficult job — all I had to do was make a round every fifteen minutes — but it turned out to be a great environment for writing. I was completely alone in a little outhouse with an electric heater and a little desk.

Ed McBain (b. October 15): “It’s a matter of style” & other quotes on writing

15 Oct

Ed McBain (born 15 October 1926, died 6 July 2005) was an American author and screenwriter, who also wrote as Evan Hunter. He wrote for five decades, penning hundreds of novels, including The 87th Precinct Series. He also wrote screenplays such as The Birds for Alfred Hitchcock. He was the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association’s highest award. He also holds the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Grand Master Award.

Six quotes on writing:

  1. A detective sees death in all its various forms at least five times a week. 
  2. Changing writing styles is like an actor taking on a different part.
  3. Readers are what it’s all about, aren’t they? If not, why am I writing?
  4. Depending on what I’m working on, I come to the writing desk with entirely different mindsets. When I change from one to the other, it’s as if another writer is on the scene.
  5. I wanted to be an artist. I was studying art. I wanted to be a great painter. When I went into the Navy, there wasn’t much to draw at sea. So I began writing, and I began reading a lot.
  6. I never take ideas from the headlines. I feel that if a story is good enough, a real story that is, then it’s already been covered by the media, and if it’s not good enough, why would I want to bother with it?

Sam Shepard (b. November 5): “Without writing I’d feel completely useless” & other quotes on writing

5 Nov
shepard

pinterest.com/pin/39406565465097051/

Sam Shepard, born 5 November 1943, is an author, playwright, actor and director. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff

Quotes on writing:

  1. I think without writing I would feel completely useless.
  2. When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.
  3. I’ve heard writers talk about ‘discovering a voice’, but for me that wasn’t a problem. There were so many voices that I didn’t know where to start.
  4. The great thing for me, now, is that writing has become more and more interesting. Not just as a craft but as a way into things that are not described. 
  5. I’m a writer. The more I act, the more resistance I have to it. If you accept work in a movie, you accept to be entrapped for a certain part of time, but you know you’re getting out. I’m also earning enough to keep my horses, buying some time to write.
  6. My first job was with the Burns Detective Agency. They sent me over to the East River to guard coal barges during these god-awful hours like three to six in the morning. It wasn’t a very difficult job — all I had to do was make a round every fifteen minutes — but it turned out to be a great environment for writing. I was completely alone in a little outhouse with an electric heater and a little desk.

Ed McBain (b. October 15): “It’s a matter of style” & other quotes on writing

15 Oct

Ed McBain (born 15 October 1926, died 6 July 2005) was an American author and screenwriter, who also wrote as Evan Hunter. He wrote for five decades, penning hundreds of novels, including The 87th Precinct Series. He also wrote screenplays such as The Birds for Alfred Hitchcock. He was the first American to receive the Diamond Dagger, the British Crime Writers Association’s highest award. He also holds the Mystery Writers of America’s prestigious Grand Master Award.

Six quotes on writing:

  1. A detective sees death in all its various forms at least five times a week. 
  2. Changing writing styles is like an actor taking on a different part.
  3. Readers are what it’s all about, aren’t they? If not, why am I writing?
  4. Depending on what I’m working on, I come to the writing desk with entirely different mindsets. When I change from one to the other, it’s as if another writer is on the scene.
  5. I wanted to be an artist. I was studying art. I wanted to be a great painter. When I went into the Navy, there wasn’t much to draw at sea. So I began writing, and I began reading a lot.
  6. I never take ideas from the headlines. I feel that if a story is good enough, a real story that is, then it’s already been covered by the media, and if it’s not good enough, why would I want to bother with it?

Sam Shepard (b. November 5): “Without writing I’d feel completely useless” & other quotes on writing

5 Nov
shepard

pinterest.com/pin/39406565465097051/

Sam Shepard, born 5 November 1943, is an author, playwright, actor and director. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play Buried Child, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in The Right Stuff

Quotes on writing:

  1. I think without writing I would feel completely useless.
  2. When you hit a wall – of your own imagined limitations – just kick it in.
  3. I’ve heard writers talk about ‘discovering a voice’, but for me that wasn’t a problem. There were so many voices that I didn’t know where to start.
  4. The great thing for me, now, is that writing has become more and more interesting. Not just as a craft but as a way into things that are not described. 
  5. I’m a writer. The more I act, the more resistance I have to it. If you accept work in a movie, you accept to be entrapped for a certain part of time, but you know you’re getting out. I’m also earning enough to keep my horses, buying some time to write.
  6. My first job was with the Burns Detective Agency. They sent me over to the East River to guard coal barges during these god-awful hours like three to six in the morning. It wasn’t a very difficult job — all I had to do was make a round every fifteen minutes — but it turned out to be a great environment for writing. I was completely alone in a little outhouse with an electric heater and a little desk.
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