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Keep Writing Quotes


"I just want to keep writing music." - Lady Gaga

"The writer's duty is to keep on writing." - William Styron

"I keep writing because it is deeply pleasurable to me." - Cathy Marie Buchanan

"Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it's so hurtful to think about writing." - Heather Armstrong

"Just write, get better, keep writing, keep getting better. It's the only thing you can control." - Roger Ebert

"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

"Most so-called writers keep writing and writing with the hope, some day, to find something to say." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"I feel like you just need to keep writing until the writing itself just begins to take shape." - Ed Westwick

"I keep my TV writing and my book writing almost wholly separate. The audiences feel so different." - Josh Lieb

"If your writing doesn`t keep you up at night, it won`t keep anyone else up either"." - James M Cain

"I keep writing children's books, I keep making children's books, because I still have them inside of me." - Oliver Jeffers

"I keep writing children's books, I keep making children's books, because I still have them inside of me." - Oliver Jeffers

"The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing." - Ken Macleod

"Shame can kill the imagination. It's hard to keep writing in the face of cultural derision." - Eloisa James

"She can't keep writing about what a tragic little hero I am, it'll get boring." - J K Rowling

"I have tried my best to keep my country alive by writing about it." - Nuruddin Farah

"Don't write what you know. Write what you love. That's what will keep you writing." - Chris Humphreys

"I need to keep traveling, being a gypsy, having experiences and writing about them." - Delta Goodrem

"No matter how much money I made from writing, I'd keep the bookstore job." - Jami Attenberg

"Writing is like playing golf - you have to keep working at your swing." - Bill Simmons

"The only real advice you can give anyone is to keep writing." - David Sedaris

"I want to keep publishing books, and writing and spreading my heartsong through the world." - Mattie Stepanek

"The most important advice I can offer is that writing is a craft that you can learn by practicing. If you keep writing, you will improve." - Lauren Tarshis

"I don't know what's wrong with me. It's like all I can do is keep writing this gibberish to keep from breaking apart." - Stephen Chbosky

"If your book doesn't keep you up nights when you are writing it, it won't keep anyone up nights reading it." - James A Michener

"I am always writing; if you want to survive in this business, you need to keep working, keep creating and never stop the output." - Rufus Wainwright

"There are all these things I want to do when I don't have to finish a book. But I have to keep writing because I keep having children." - Robert K Massie

"I am 82 years old. I imagine that I will keep on writing as long as anyone wants to keep reading." - Tony Hillerman

"If I had to give up everything else and keep just one aspect of the job, I'd have to keep writing because I love it. Yes, I enjoy performing, too. But I couldn't give up writing material." - Colin Quinn

"i still have no way to survive but to keep writing one line, one more line, one more line..." - Yukio Mishima

"Writing improves in direct ratio to the things we can keep out of it that shouldn't be there." - William Zinsser

"Successful writers are not the ones who write the best sentences. They are the ones who keep writing." - Bonnie Friedman

"Often the block [in writing] comes from the wall of words that keep out the simplicity of sense." - Adam Gopnik

"The key to writing successful YA is to keep the adults out of the story as much as possible." - Beverly Cleary

"Keep your paragraphs short. Writing is visual - it catches the eye before it has a chance to catch the brain." - William Zinsser

"To be honest I'd just love to keep writing hits for other people... That's kind of my secret dream." - Charli Xcx

"Writers have to keep on writing if they want to mature, like caterpillars endlessly chewing on leaves." - Haruki Murakami

"At this stage, my chief professional goal is simply to keep on writing and making a living at it." - Fred Saberhagen

"When you use words, you're able to keep your mind alive. Writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence." - Gao Xingjian

"The biggest sacrifice to me is to not be in an atmosphere where I can keep writing and moving forward." - Trey Anastasio

"I like writing songs - I keep saying that one day I'll do something with them, but I haven't yet." - Tom Conti

"Collections aren't really planned. I just keep writing short pieces until I have enough for a collection." - Lydia Davis

"The songs keep on writing themselves, and I really love them. It's as close as I get to a religion." - Kristin Hersh

"Writing is a necessary thing for me, just to keep myself level. It has beneficial effects on my life." - Nick Cave

"When you're a songwriter and you click with someone, you tend to want to keep writing with that person." - Billy Sherwood

"Well, I just wanted to be a person. I just wanted them to keep writing me as humanistic as possible." - Fisher Stevens

"My main thing is just to keep writing. I've been doing some songwriting that's for my own record, I suppose." - Conor Oberst

"If you're a writer, write. You just keep writing. And if you're a filmmaker, you keep doing what you can to keep telling your stories; you don't stay on the one. Keep moving forward and doing what you can to tell whatever story you can tell, be it via writing, be it via filming it." - Dana Brunetti

"The best advice I have is keep writing, keep practicing, keep winning, losing and understanding the difference. Never stop learning, never stop pushing yourself. Then find yourself a team you can work well with and help make awesome things happen." - Rhianna Pratchett

"So long as readers keep reading and my publishers keep publishing, I plan to keep on writing. I'd have to be an idiot to be burnt-out in this job." - Lee Child

"For me, the real goal is to integrate. The thing that I'm most happy with is the fact that I've been able to keep doing all of it - to keep writing, and to keep acting in movies, and to keep acting on the stage, to keep directing plays. I find that they feed each other, and that I learn about acting from directing and I learn about writing from acting." - Ethan Hawke

"For anyone who is: just keep writing. Keep reading. If you are meant to be a writer, a storyteller, it'll work itself out. You just keep feeding it your energy, and giving it that crucial chance to work itself out. By reading and writing." - Robin Mckinley

"Write. Remember, people may keep you (or me) from being a published author but no one can stop you from being a writer. All you have to do is write. And keep writing. While you're working at a career, while you're raising children, while you're trout fishing-keep writing! No one can stop you but you." - Katherine Neville

"Understand that writing is like an athletic activity. To play tennis well, you expect to keep practicing, but for some reason with writing, you think you should come out fresh the first time." - Natalie Goldberg

"For me, being in prison writing in an African language was a way of saying: "Even if you put me in prison, I will keep on writing in the language which made you put me in prison."" - Ngugi wa Thiong'o

"Because I work quite slowly, I have to keep myself interested over a long research and writing period. So I can't see myself writing about modern middle-class Londoners anytime soon." - Stef Penney

"The best writing advice I ever got was "Keep moving forward, don't retreat into rewrites." The worst came from a book that said "Writing fiction is like telling lies," which just seems stupid to me." - David B Coe

"People will tell you that writing is too difficult, that it's impossible to get your work published, that you might as well hang yourself. Meanwhile, they'll keep writing and you'll have hanged yourself." - John Gardner

"The actual writing time is a lot shorter than the thinking time. I don't do too many notes. I keep it mostly in my head. I usually start writing a new book around January, and it's due October 1." - Harlan Coben

"There's no such thing as a writer's block. If you're having trouble writing, well, pick up the pen and write. No matter what, keep that hand moving. Writing is really a physical activity." - Natalie Goldberg

"There are some people who have been reading me for years, and they keep saying kind things about the writing. That's what you're writing for, to get people to respond to it." - Elmore Leonard

"It sounds funny, but I always try to keep an open mind about what I'm writing about. Sometimes I squeak my opinions in there, but generally I don't. I try to be objective about things that I'm writing about." - John Mellencamp

"Just keep writing, and try to finish that novel. Remember, all authors started exactly where you are right now; the only difference between a published author and a non-published one is that the published author never stopped writing." - Julie Kagawa

"There is always a gap between conception and execution. We keep writing in the burning hope of closing that gap before we die." - Janette Turner Hospital

"The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything." - Stan Lee

"It's amazing what I could've written in my life if I had realized that I should keep writing and not masturbating." - Lewis Black

"My name became a brand, and I'd love to say that was the plan from the start. But the only plan was to keep writing books." - John Grisham

"I sometimes think about writing just to keep my mind active when I'm not working, but I don't think I would be good enough." - Ruby Bentall

"People are writing shorter jokes. The style I've started with was almost trying to keep jokes under 140 characters before Twitter." - Nick Thune

"Writing of every kind is a way to wake oneself up and keep as alive as when one has just fallen in love." - Pico Iyer

"Writing is an outlet, but it's not an outlet of escape. People keep a journal when they want to escape. I write to rub my face in it." - Amelia Gray

"Better to think of writing, of what one does, as an activity, rather than an identity to keep the calling a verb rather than a noun." - Lorrie Moore

"Producing writing is not so much like filling a basin or pool once, but rather getting water to keep flowing through till finally it runs clear." - Peter Elbow

"Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they can't quite keep up with gravity." - Rainbow Rowell

"I keep thinking about blood, I dream about it. Wake up thinking about it. Pretty soon I'll be writing morbid emo poetry about it." - Cassandra Clare

"Writing is an outlet, but it's not an outlet of escape. People keep a journal when they want to escape. I write to rub my face in it." - Amelia Gray

"My aunt could never understand how writing could be a full-time job. She'd keep asking when I'd get a real job!." - Ken Spillman

"But I begin to think the chief difficulty in writing a book must be to keep out what does not belong to it." - George Macdonald

"Lots of times I'm not crazy about the writing, but I keep moving ahead and somehow it gets better. The important thing is to move forward." - Janet Evanovich

"You can't be blocked if you just keep on writing words. Any words. People who get 'blocked' make the mistake of thinking they have to write good words." - Martha Grimes

"In order to be a living, breathing thing, a novel has to be failed in some kind of way. Or at least that's how I keep writing them." - Dana Spiotta

"For those who can do it and who keep their nerve, writing for a living still beats most real, grown-up jobs hands down." - Terence Blacker

"Writing fulfils an insatiable drive. Finishing the story satisfies my thirst. But I must keep drinking until the story quenches a buyer." - Ace Antonio Hall

"Whatever's happening today, remember it is only ONE SCENE in a long movie. Don't treat it like it's the whole story. Keep writing the story." - Henry Cloud

"I don't keep my books around... they would embarrass me. When I finish writing my books, I kick them in the belly, and have done with them." - Ludwig Bemelmans

"I feel a passion for what we're trying to do.I mean, why does somebody who's old who's a writer keep writing? Because that's who they are." - Charles Koch

"Strangely, I always have a lot of cut scenes. I keep writing shorter and shorter scripts, thinking that this time, I'll get all my scenes in." - David Twohy

"Many debt collectors offer a lump sum option so ask. And if you get it, make sure it's in writing and you keep the payoff statement FOREVER." - Michelle Singletary

"Actually I'm writing as best I can, in order to keep the momentum and the career there, but I want to live." - Chuck Berry

"I tried to write poems in rhyme. I tried writing songs. Sometimes I jotted down a thought. I would keep a log of spontaneous thoughts." - Chath Piersath

"[Townies] was a huge cast. It was a bit ungainly, I think with 12 regular characters they had to keep writing for." - Eric Mccormack

"I try to keep my voice in writing, and I think that's why I get so many complaints about how I write." - Stanley Cavell

"I like to joke that I started writing long poems out the anxiety over ending and starting poems. It just seemed easier to keep going." - Alison Hawthorne Deming

"Sometimes writing is running downhill, your fingers jerking behind you on the keyboard the way your legs do when they ca' quite keep up with gravity." - Rainbow Rowell

"Wherein we discover that many of the "rules" for good writing and good sex are the same: Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don't think." - Natalie Goldberg

"I don't have any structured grand plan; I just intend to keep writing about the things that interest me-some of which change, some of which don't." - Greg Egan

"Writing a novel is actually searching for victims. As I write I keep looking for casualties. The stories uncover the casualties." - John Irving

"In the face of entropy and nothingness, you kind of have to pretend it's not there if you want to keep writing good code." - Karl Lehenbauer

"Even if I knew for certain that I would never have anything published again, and would never make another cent from it, I would still keep on writing." - Brenda Ueland

"All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom." - Isabel Allende

"As a storyteller, when you're writing a movie and when you're directing, you want to keep people entertained. That's the whole point, right? It has to be entertaining." - Fede Alvarez

"No, originally I thought that writing articles would keep me from having to see a psychiatrist, but I became even more depressed as a result." - Theo Van Gogh

"I was a businessman for 16 years of my life, so when I started writing, I wanted to keep my literary identity separate." - Ashwin Sanghi

"When I'm not acting, I'm writing, building an inventory of scripts. Even if they sit on the shelf, I just keep stacking them up." - Dan Aykroyd

"Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home." - Philip Levine

"There's an awful temptation to just keep on researching. There comes a point where you just have to stop, and start writing." - David Mccullough

"Occasionally when I'm procrastinating writing, I'll while away the hours on iTunes. You can just keep going forever and find these bands you'd never normally hear of." - Marisha Pessl

"We collaborate on everything. I'm involved in the writing and pre-production. There's a whole bunch of people who keep in touch at every step about everything." - Jay Roach

"I'm pretty disciplined to keep the momentum of a story going by writing everyday, even if it's only a couple paragraphs or a page or two." - James Rollins

"It's essential to have sacred time for writing. All successful authors have some daily commitment to keep on-track and moving forward." - Dani Shapiro

"You have to keep your audience in your mind; if you're writing stuff that you know nobody's going to care about then you should rethink what you're doing!" - Paullina Simons

"My writing tends to become very dense, so I have to keep some cushion. Sometimes, words that seem superfluous are actually essential for the overall effect." - Gretchen Rubin

"I love stand-up, but the process of writing is a little more lonely. I want to keep doing both, though." - Jack Whitehall

"All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland." - Jimi Hendrix

"My aunt could never understand how writing could be a full-time job. She'd keep asking when I'd get a real job!" - Ken Spillman

"The press keep asking me, 'What was your biggest mistake?' But if I had made a big mistake, they'd all be writing about it, wouldn't they?" - Ken Livingstone

"As the news agenda goes into warp speed, it becomes ever more difficult for authors writing about current events to keep their books timely and relevant." - Heather Brooke

"I've found that writing novels is an all-absorbing experience - both physical and mental - and I have to do it every day in order to keep the rhythm, to keep myself focused on what I'm doing." - Paul Auster

"Rather than thinking in terms of a specific genre or specific kind of thing, I hope I can just stay relatively small and keep making my movies. If I can keep writing them and making them, I'll be happy." - Rian Johnson

"If I can keep losing myself - and finding parts of myself - in other people's writing and direction, then that's all I can really ask for. That's all I want, to keep losing myself." - Andrew Garfield

"I don't have any desire to retire in the sense of not doing anything. Because as long as the Lord gives me strength I want to keep writing and keep preaching. I love what I do." - Max Lucado

"The challenge of nonfiction is keeping the attention of a reader over span of time, and to keep the quality of the writing as high as it needs to be to keep people's attention." - Ted Genoways

"If you like what you are writing, just write. Try to keep going before you stop to take a break. Keep going back before too much time has passed. And just stay with it." - Garth Nix

"As long as you have ideas, you can keep going. That's why writing fiction is so much fun: because you're moving people about, and making settings for them to move in, so there's always something there to keep working on." - Guy Davenport

"I don't have any desire to retire in the sense of not doing anything. As long as the Lord gives me strength I want to keep writing and keep preaching." - Max Lucado

"Writing is hard work, and fun, and requires you to keep your backside in a chair when you would sometimes like to put it elsewhere. So the only wisdom is the advice to keep at it, I guess." - Lois Lowry

"Writing. Love is writing." - Hilda Doolittle

"The secret to writing is just to write. Write every day. Never stop writing. Write on every surface you see; write on people on the street. When the cops come to arrest you, write on the cops. Write on the police car. Write on the judge. I'm in jail forever now, and the prison cell walls are completely covered with my writing, and I keep writing on the writing I wrote. That's my method." - Neil Gaiman

"When a series is doing well, it's very tempting to keep writing it, even when the creative well is drying up. It's tempting because that's where the money is. I've had to be very careful; as soon as I think I'm getting close to that dry well, I wrap the series up. I don't want to just keep writing something because it sells." - Kelley Armstrong

"I love Twitter. It doesn't keep me from writing and I think it's a really convenient scapegoat when the truth is that the real issue is self-control. I am totally fine admitting i have none. I'm not going to blame Twitter for affecting my writing. And also, Twitter doesn't affect my writing." - Roxane Gay

"I know I'll keep writing poems. That's the constant. I don't know about novels. They're hard. It takes so much concentrated effort. When I'm writing a novel it's pretty much all I can do. I get bored. It takes months. Movies do the same thing. It's all-encompassing. It feels like I'm going to end up writing poems, short stories and screenplays." - Sherman Alexie

"Each of us has his own way of emerging from the underworld, mine is by writing. That's why the only way I can keep going, if at all, is by writing, not through rest and sleep. I am far more likely to achieve peace of mind through writing than the capacity to write through peace." - Franz Kafka

"All my writing-life people kept telling me that I should stop writing short stories and start writing novels: my agent, my Israeli publisher, my foreign ones, my bank manager - they all felt and keep feeling that I'm doing something wrong here." - Etgar Keret

"When writing goes painfully, when it's hideously difficult, and one feels real despair (ah, the despair, silly as it is, is real!)-then naturally one ought to continue with the work; it would be cowardly to retreat. But when writing goes smoothly-why then one certainly should keep on working, since it would be stupid to stop. Consequently one is always writing or should be writing." - Joyce Carol Oates

"When writing goes painfully, when it's hideously difficult, and one feels real despair (ah, the despair, silly as it is, is real!)-then naturally one ought to continue with the work; it would be cowardly to retreat. But when writing goes smoothly-why then one certainly should keep on working, since it would be stupid to stop. Consequently one is always writing or should be writing." - Joyce Carol Oates

"It was not a choice of writing or not writing. It was a choice of loving my life or not loving my life. To keep writing was always a first priority.... I worked probably 25 years by myself.... Just writing and working, not trying to publish much. Not giving readings. A longer time than people really are willing to commit before they want to go public." - Mary Oliver

"There were times when depression, anxiety, whatever, would keep me from writing. I still get depressed and anxious, but I just don't let it stop me. I've just learned to move it to one side if I want to work." - David St. John

"David Arnold's writing is both heartfelt and hilarious. You will fall in love with Mim, even as her grand journey will keep you guessing. Mosquitoland reminds us that sometimes imperfect is just perfect." - Ruta Sepetys

"I don't keep up with a lot of trends. I've never been a fashion horse. I'm so busy writing my songs, trying to maintain my business, and all the new things that come along. I stay working all the time." - Dolly Parton

"Like writing, running is so much about mind over matter. There are times when you have to override the discomfort and keep pushing. That capacity to endure and then prevail is just amazing." - Susan Orlean

"I don't have the strength to keep writing this. To go on living with this feeling is painful beyond description. Isn't there someone kind enough to strangle me in my sleep?" - Ryunosuke Akutagawa

"I do a lot of writing in my capacity as the creative director for a marketing agency. These days, though, I'm trying to write a little bit most evenings just to keep the creative juices flowing." - Ian Doescher

"People keep referring to me as a standup, and that just doesn't sit well with me because a lot of my friends are standups and they're brilliant at writing jokes, and I'm not." - Nick Offerman

"Because there's just so much in a day now, I keep writing in much more abstract terms, like I don't try to write about what happened anymore. It would be impossible." - Feist

"Unlike modern military codes, ancient texts are almost never purposely misleading, purposely scrambled. ... indeed, literacy was so uncommon until classical times that the very writing of a message sufficed to keep it from almost everybody." - E. J. W. Barber

"Whether it's a letter, song lyrics, part of a novel, or instructions on how to fix a kitchen sink, it's writing. You keep your craft honed, you acquire the discipline to finish things. You turn into a self-taskmaster." - Jimmy Buffett

"The reason that I keep writing is that all my most powerful messages about the fates of wild places that I care about need to have words as well as images" - Galen

"My advice would be to write -never to stop writing, to keep it up all the time, to be painstaking about it, to write until you begin to write." - Gabriel Fielding

"I enjoy the hell out of writing but don't like what follows: promotion and publicity, which I always strive to keep to a minimum, sometimes to my publisher's dismay." - Dean Koontz

"Every writer prefers good reviews over bad ones, and every writer wants to have lots of readers. But if it doesn't happen, that's fine too. Perhaps I won't throw a party then; I'll simply go home and keep writing." - J K Rowling



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