The object, Truth, or the satisfaction of the intellect, and the object, Passion, or the excitement of the heart, are, although attainable, to a certain extent, in poetry, far more readily attainable in prose.
It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.
I don't believe in personal immortality; the only way I expect to have some version of such a thing is through my books.
Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy then an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then it becomes a tyrant and, in the last stage, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.
Write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.
Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones.
The easiest songs to write are pure fiction. There is no limit to how you can tell the story. I find it difficult when I'm replaying an event through a song.
When I sit down to write a song, I really want the message of healing to thrive and transcend all ages.
It's easier to write from my own life, and it's also more fun. I always write about relationships, for instance, whether they're romantic relationships, friendships, encounters... there's always a lesson to be learned from them.
Genre-spanning is the effort to make the live show interesting. It's also a great way to challenge yourself as a writer.
If a man writes a book, let him set down only what he knows. I have guesses enough of my own.
Letters are among the most significant memorial a person can leave behind them.
And eventually as I kept writing it, something emerged that was not quite me but a version of me.
When I was in the gulag I would sometimes even write on stone walls. I used to write on scraps of paper, then I memorised the contents and destroyed the scraps.
I'm a pretty decent writer. It comes easy to me. I don't agonize over sentences. I write like I talk. I try to make them good books.
In college, I think I probably positioned myself as an aspiring writer, meaning I dressed sort of extravagantly and adopted all the semi-Byronic affectations, as if I were writing, although I wasn't actually doing any writing.
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