"So it can be seen that the trouble with the motion-picture art was (and is) that it is too much an industry; and the trouble with the motion picture industry is that it is too much an art. It is out of this basic contradiction that most of the ills of the form arise."
"It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous."
– Robert Benchley
"The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them."
– Raymond Chandler
"Every writer I know has trouble writing."
– Joseph Heller
"A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit."
– Richard Bach
"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you."
– Ray Bradbury
"Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia."
– E.L. Doctorow
"All the fantasy writers I know have a way of dwelling on their own fears and phobias. A writer spends his life being his own psychiatrist."
"Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it."
"Behind every man now alive stand thirty ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth. Now this is an interesting number, for by a curious coincidence there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So for every man who has ever lived, in this universe, there shines a star."
– Arthur C. Clarke (1917 - 2008)
"Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don't see any."
– Orson Scott Card
"When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge."
– Albert Einstein
"Ah, stardom! They put your name on a star in the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard and you walk down and find a pile of dog manure on it. That tells the whole story, baby. "