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Journalistic Writing Quotes


"The writing of headline is one of the great journalistic arts. They either conceal or reveal am interest" - Claude C Hopkins

"I'm struggling at the end to get out of the valley of hectoring youth, journalistic middle age, imposture, moneymaking, public relations, bad writing, mental confusion." - Stephen Spender

"I'm still an old-school reporter at heart. Writing fiction satisfies my journalistic need to hear and relay the testimony of everyday people at the center of events." - Karen Traviss

"After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasized writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book." - Iris Chang

"Every time I've had to do journalistic investigations, I've cursed, but later I discovered that it had helped me enormously with writing fiction. It's the one thing that can save me from becoming an academic writer." - Italo Calvino

"I don't think Capote loved Smith. But he did make a deep connection. It upset some people, because that had never been the approach to journalistic crime writing, to look into the mind of the killer." - Gerald Clarke

"Writing. Love is writing." - Hilda Doolittle

"See, I have no journalism in my background, so I wasn't practised at research or writing non-fiction, nor at handling the truth in a journalistic way. Journalists know when to call a halt and write something, but I kept on looking for answers." - John Thomas Sladek

"I can't make something 'useful' to me in a writing sense for a very long time. I don't have any journalistic instinct. And I do keep a journal, but it's neither very revealing nor fruitful for work. Stuff just bubbles up from the swamp later." - Tim Winton

"See, I have no journalism in my background, so I wasn't practised at research or writing non-fiction, nor at handling the truth in a journalistic way. Journalists know when to call a halt and write something, but I kept on looking for answers." - John Sladek

"I pride myself on having a journalistic remove." - Erik Larson

"The hardest thing about writing is writing." - Nora Ephron

"What is writing? Writing is telepathy." - Stephen King

"Writing only leads to more writing." - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

"Writing is hard - writing is the hardest." - Aubrey Plaza

"I blundered into writing." - Ralph Ellison

"Writing as writing. Writing as rioting. Writing as righting. On the best days, all three." - Teju Cole

"Never lie in writing." - Mason Cooley

"Writing is busy idleness." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Writing is hard work." - William Zinsser

"Translating is writing." - Marguerite Yourcenar

"Writing is an adventure." - Winston Churchill

"Good writing is rewriting." - Truman Capote

"Writing forces consciousness." - Melody Beattie

"Writing is seduction." - Stephen King

"All writing is dreaming" - Jorge Luis Borges

"writing = ass + chair" - Oliver Stone

"Writing makes me happy." - Gretchen Rubin

"I'm addicted to writing." - Sefi Atta

"I hate writing." - Al Alvarez

"I'm writing about emotions." - Sara Bareilles

"I enjoy writing." - Charles Cumming

"I've always loved writing." - Casper Van Dien

"Novel writing wrecks homes." - C S Forester

"Writing is not fun." - Rian Johnson

"Writing is hard." - Spike Jonze

"It's hard writing screenplays." - Ridley Scott

"I love writing songs." - Sade Adu

"Everything starts with writing." - Mel Brooks

"Outlining is not writing. Coming up with ideas is not writing. Researching is not writing. Creating characters is not writing. Only writing is writing." - Harlan Coben

"Journalistic conventions make it hard for reporters to deal with a big, complicated lie." - Michael Kinsley

"A good journalistic organisation upholds four values: inform, reflect, crusade, connect." - Jane Eisner

"All newspaper and journalistic activity is an intellectual brothel from which there is no retreat." - Leo Tolstoy

"This is a typical journalistic statement: It is correct, but it is not the truth." - Helmut Kohl

"Journalistic content is a technical complex expressly intended to adapt man to the machine." - Jacques Ellul

"There is no higher claim to journalistic integrity than going to jail to protect a source." - Thomas Frank

"There's a kind of journalistic narcissism that New York-based journalists are guilty of." - Bernard Goldberg

"A journalistic purpose could be someone with a Xerox machine in a basement." - Antonin Scalia

"Documentary film without nuanced journalistic sourcing risks being sensational, tendentious or broad-brushed." - Naomi Wolf

"Hard writing makes easy reading. Easy writing makes hard reading." - William Zinsser

"Writing is a trade ... which is learned by writing." - Simone De Beauvoir

"Never mistake talking about writing for actual writing." - Jack Kerouac

"Writing dialogue is like writing a song, which I've done." - Brian Azzarello

"In my writing classes, I don't outlaw any genre writing." - Leni Zumas

"In teaching writing, I'm learning new things about writing." - David B Coe

"And I love writing. I've always loved writing." - James Daly

"I came to Hollywood originally writing comedy and writing satire." - Stephen Gaghan

"Not-writing is a good deal worse than writing." - Flannery O'Connor

"Writing Charles Dickens' biography is like writing five biographies." - Claire Tomalin

"Writing is thinking on paper." - William Zinsser

"Good writing is always new." - A S Byatt

"The best writing is rewriting." - E B White

"I don't exist without writing." - Jewel Kilcher

"That's not writing, that's typing" - Truman Capote

"Writing a novel is agony." - George Orwell

"Writing is a mysterious activity." - Susan Sontag

"Easy reading requires hard writing," - Anthony Trollope

"Easy writing makes hard reading." - Ernest Hemingway

"Good writing is essentially rewriting." - Roald Dahl

"Learn to write by writing" - Ann Patchett

"Writing is a political instrument." - James A Baldwin

"Writing is a holy chore." - Harlan Ellison

"Writing is an antisocial act." - Martha Grimes

"Writing is a supernatural thing." - Silas House

"Writing a poem is discovering." - Robert Frost

"I'm very driven by writing." - Molly Shannon

"I'm composing and writing music." - Anthony Hopkins

"Teaching writing is a hustle." - Cormac Mccarthy

"Writing is a delicious agony." - Gwendolyn Brooks

"I like writing about friends." - Julie Garwood

"Your life informs your writing." - Quintin Jardine

"I can't envisage stopping writing." - Antony Beevor

"Writing is a solitary occupation." - Bernard Cornwell

"Writing makes you more human." - John Updike

"I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography." - Steven Wright

"I love writing family stories." - Larry Wilmore

"When I'm writing about reality, I'm writing about death. When I'm writing fiction, I'm writing about life." - Ralph Peters

"I'm going to quit writing." - Sidney Poitier

"Writing is a difficult thing." - Scott Thompson

"Novel writing is solitary work." - Mohsin Hamid

"Yeah, writers do hate writing." - Philip Seymour Hoffman

"I love writing different things." - Anthony Horowitz

"I don't exist without writing." - Jewel

"I believe in my writing." - Barry Manilow

"Writing is the supreme solace." - W Somerset Maugham

"It's a terrible poison, writing." - A S Byatt

"How can you stop writing?" - Tony Hillerman

"Writing has to support itself." - V S Naipaul

"People think that writing is writing, but actually writing is editing. Otherwise, you're just taking notes" - Chris Abani

"Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing... the rest will follow." - Jane Yolen

"Good writers hate bad writing but hating bad writing doesn't make you good. Writing badly does." - Dan Harmon

"You write fiction, you're writing memoir, and when you're writing memoir, you're writing fiction." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"Re-writing is different from writing. Original writing is very difficult." - David Cronenberg

"The only way to do it is to do it: by writing, writing, writing." - Barbara Mertz

"Good writers hate bad writing but hating bad writing doesn't make you good. Writing badly does." - Dan Harmon

"There's a difference between using the word to insult somebody and using it to start a journalistic conversation." - Juan Williams

"The four pillars of wisdom that support journalistic endeavors are: lies, stupidity, money-grubbing, and ethical irresponsibility." - Marlon Brando

"The short stories tend to be a journalistic gathering of anecdotes that are put together to make something larger." - Chuck Palahniuk

"If we don't have a vigorous questioning, aggressive journalistic community and mythology, democracy itself is in great jeopardy." - Milton Glaser

"Chicago is a sort of journalistic Yellowstone Park, offering haven to a last herd of fantastic bravos." - Ben Hecht

"Withholding information that would get innocent people killed was the right thing to do, not a journalistic sin." - Eason Jordan

"By a twist of fate rather than anything approaching journalistic enterprise, I did the last major interview with Johnny Carson." - Tom Shales

"Writing teaches writing. Your writing will teach you how to write if you work hard enough and have enough faith." - Bonnie Friedman

"Writing isn't something I do, writing is something that I am. I am writing - it's just an expression of me." - Wayne Dyer

"I have to say that writing about my writing process is more daunting than writing non-fiction." - Sefi Atta

"I never know what I am writing. The moment you know what you're writing, you're writing nothing worth reading." - Richard Flanagan

"You learn by writing short stories. Keep writing short stories. The money's in novels, but writing short stories keeps your writing lean and pointed." - Larry Niven

"Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines." - Brian Tracy

"Writing novels is an essentially amateur activity." - Jane Smiley

"Writing is hard for everybody except fools." - Susan Elizabeth Phillips

"Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well." - John Sheffield, 1st Duke of Buckingham and Normanby

"Writing time has to be created." - Gillian Roberts

"writing, like living, is lonely work." - Blanche Willis Howard

"I'm a drinker with a writing problem." - Brendan Behan

"Fiction writing feels more honest to me." - David James Duncan

"Sex and writing live on playful cruelties." - Mason Cooley

"When I am not writing, I'm dying." - Neil Diamond

"Good writing comes from good talent." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"I'm only really alive when I'm writing." - Tennessee Williams

"Writing is seeing. It is paying attention." - Kate Dicamillo

"Writing is a concentrated form of thinking." - Don Delillo

"Writing is making sense of life." - Nadine Gordimer

"A migraine is the cockblock of writing." - Don Roff

"Love is easy, and I love writing." - Ray Bradbury

"It's the writing that teaches you." - Isaac Asimov

"Writing does not resurrect. It buries." - John Green

"Writing is a journey into the unknown." - Charlie Kaufman

"Silence augmenteth grief, writing increaseth rage" - Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke

"Anything that isn't writing is easy" - Jimmy Breslin

"Writing anything is a treason of sorts." - Anthony Bourdain

"But I'm more scared of not writing." - Gloria E. Anzaldúa

"Writing is a marathon, not a sprint." - Robert Mckee

"Inspiration comes from the act of writing." - Steve Doll

"Good reading makes for damn hard writing." - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Reading is more important than writing." - Roberto Bolano

"Writing is thinking in slow motion." - Walter Kaufmann

"Writing is such a damn lonely sickness." - David Mitchell

"Writing is one way to achieve enchantment." - Guy Kawasaki

"Movies are like writing history with lightning." - Woodrow Wilson

"All writing is a form of prayer." - John Keats



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