Nothing induces me to read a novel except when I have to make money by writing about it. I detest them.
As the writer, you’re always a presence in the song. If you get close to what human beings are like, you’re writing about common experience. We all do much the same things, so if you nail somebody, then you’ve also nailed yourself.
There may be writing groups where people meet but it’s occasional. You really do it all at your own computer or your own typewriter by yourself.
You know, it’s absolutely connected to The Mollusk in that, it’s what we’re writing after The Mollusk. A lot of this stuff reminds me of things on The Mollusk.
So it was just a case of getting a bunch of songs that I had been writing for years but hadn’t recorded together, and the result was My Own Best Enemy.
My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.
TV critics, who traditionally hate television and make their living writing about it, often didn’t like what I did on the air.
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.
If I can tell you the story from beginning to end in five minutes, I’m ready to start writing. Then it’s a constant spreading out of that five minutes.
Oh, I had an idea for a pilot of my own at the time, and then Carl sent me about eight scripts and simply I threw my idea out the window because the writing was just so good.
I love writing about my job because I loved it, and it was a particularly interesting one when I was a young man. It was like holidays with pay to me.
In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned to write but evidently can’t read. If they could read their stuff, they’d stop writing.
You get on the radio by writing your own songs. But we had the dilemma of not being able to play anywhere because we weren’t able to play anything that anyone wanted to hear. So we learned songs that we thought that we could do without puking.
Well, one of the things I discovered in the course of looking back and writing about what I saw in my memory is that I was a closely observant person long before I became a reporter.
Every time I finish a book, I forget everything I learned writing it – the information just disappears out of my head.
The real danger of writing a great song when you’re on something is that it might get you thinking that the only way to repeat that is by only writing when you’re high.
Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.
So, the combination of looking at lots of different people and how they react to each other and how they relate to each other and waiting for that inspiration is the thing that allows me to keep writing.
The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!
It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.
I cry, sometimes, because I’m not 20 years younger, and I’m not healthy. But if I were, I would even sacrifice my writing to enter politics.
I’ve devoted a lot of my time and effort during the past few years to developing my advertising copywriting business to the point of where I can support my family and don’t have to depend on writing fiction for my income.
Writing is a fine therapy for people who are perpetually scared of nameless threats… for jittery people.
I’ve been to a lot of places and done a lot of things, but writing was always first. It’s a kind of pain I can’t do without.
And if you have great writing, it’s really easy, but if it’s not so great and you have to work a little harder, I could tell where the work needed to be done but comedy is just fun.
You have to have something worth saying and then the ability to say it- writing’s a double skill, really.
Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
It’s immoral that people make money out of writing crap, but I try not to obsess about it. I don’t want to spend my life being angry.
In old movies, the cinematography is a thousand times better than anything today. Writing, a thousand times better.