I will not have time to go to bed, so I will be content to write articles, I think I have figured it out.
I have a very clear idea of what I want to write about, but I don’t have time for that.
I will simply be writing about things that matter to me, like the way I feel, and that’s how I’m going to do it.
If you can’t figure that out yourself, you need help.
You have to go with the flow.
You can’t go by the flow, but if you can figure it out, you can do better.
— Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884) My writing style is very structured.
I like to write things out, to put everything down in a specific order.
I don- — I don. — — — The best way I know to write is to put things down and say, ‘What do you want to say?’
It’s a very simple process, but it’s very powerful.
— Tom Lehrer, creator of The Big Bang Theory (2010-2016) I can write, but there’s a certain amount of time and I can’t have my own thoughts and feelings, so that’s why I’m a perfectionist.
— David Letterman, host of The Late Show (1975-2007) You have to be precise and clear about what you’re trying to say.
I’ve had to change my writing style because I’m not good at it.
You’ll see a lot of people who write really well, but then they have these very precise thoughts and emotions, and then they don’t write as well.
I can do this.
I just have to do more of it.
— Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft (1998-2009) There’s this big thing called ‘what if?’
You don’t get to choose.
— John Lennon, in the Beatles’ “Imagine” (1964) A writer is someone who’s always in the moment.
They’re constantly thinking about the future.
— Michael Chabon, author of The Black List (1996) Writing is a great way to be in touch with the past, the present, the future, the infinite.
It’s something you can feel and touch and have a connection to.
You need to be aware of all the things you write about.
— William Gibson, author, The Neuromancer (1999) When you’re writing, you’re in a world that’s really vivid and full of possibilities.
You get the idea of the world, but you don’t really know how to connect with it.
Sometimes you’re able to connect to it, but sometimes you don, so you’re going to write.
— Christopher Hitchens, author and editor of The Satanic Verses (1999), and author of God Is Not Great (2006) To me, writing is the hardest part.
— Steven Spielberg, producer on The Hurt Locker (2010) What I’ve learned is that if you’re looking for something that you’ve written, then you’ve found it.
Writing is just as much fun as the actual writing itself.
If I’ve done a thing that’s worked for me, it’s been the way it worked for others.
If it doesn’t work, I’m still a good writer, and I’m never going to be the same writer.
— Bob Dylan, songwriter (1939-1989) Write, write, write.
The truth is, when you’re doing it, it is a way to stay connected with yourself.
It takes you into the future and into the past.
It doesn’t take you to the present.
If we write, we get to the future as well, so there’s no going back.
— Brian Eno, composer (1940-1992) It’s really difficult for me to sit back and watch someone else write.
It would be nice to have a voice that I can talk to.
I’m always thinking, ‘How can I make it better for them?’
— Steve Jobs, Apple co-founders (1984-present) If you write, it creates a connection with your mind.
It feels like you’re having something deeper and more meaningful than you really are.
— Richard Dawkins, atheist and founder of The Reason Foundation (1997-2012) The writer can always use the feedback.
— Thomas Jefferson, Founding Father of the United States (1763-1796) This is one of the hardest things for me: I am not going to have the feedback to make something better, but once I write, there’s feedback, and it’s so powerful.
I write in a way that’s not to get feedback.
I try to make things better and it always works out well.
— Dan Brown, author (2009-present), best-selling author (2013) Writers, you have to write the way they say