Quotes about Writing
“The scariest moment is always just before you start. After that, things can only get better.”
“Sometimes the ideas just come to me. Other times I have to sweat and almost bleed to make ideas come. It’s a mysterious process, but I hope I never find out exactly how it works.”
"I have a huge editor in my head who's always making me miserable. But sometimes I try and let unconscious act out."
"There came this point where I sat down with all my notebooks and I had to start to write, when I thought: this whole notion of writing for the person who understands nothing, the average reader... He has to die! And so the person I started writing for was the homicide detective."
“First, you write for yourself... always, to make sense of experience and the world around you. It’s one of the ways I stay sane."
"First and foremost, you want to be truthful as a storyteller."
"All is fair in love and songwriting."
"I don't believe that songwriting has to be profound, but I truly believe that it's a crime for you to go outta your way for it not to be."
“My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.”
If you want to really hurt your parents, the least you can do is go into the arts. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”