I have learned not to read reviews. Period. And I hate reviewers. All of them, or at least all but two or three. Life is much simpler ignoring reviews and the nasty people who write them. Critics should find meaningful work.
You want to have a critical success and you want people to go see it. It's disappointing if something's well reviewed and no one goes to see it.
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want - I go to the bathroom.
I remember thinking during those times that I wanted to write in a way where there are no rules.
Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
I wish I could be like Shaw who once read a bad review of one of his plays, called the critic and said: 'I have your review in front of me and soon it will be behind me.'
I'd wanted to be a writer and when I came back to New York worked as a musician too, but I found my writing starting to get more and more referential to cinema.
During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come.
I want the concentration and the romance, and the worlds all glued together, fused, glowing: have no time to waste any more on prose.
I'm not really a writer, so my main problem always is finding the writing talent to write something of the caliber that you would like to do.
I still can't quite believe it. Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer, a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.
I don't really have time to sit down and write. But when I think of a melody, I call up my answering machine and sing it, so I won't forget it.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
I haven't found anywhere in the world where I want to be all the time. The best of my life is the moving. I look forward to going.
All of us have read the stories about young people in Hollywood and all the challenges they have to confront there, and I think that artistically, I really didn't understand the commercial side of the film business, so I went back to a purely artistic setting.
No critic writing about a film could say more than the film itself, although they do their best to make us think the oppposite.
I'm very happy with the way I write. I think I do it good. But I've never really considered myself a writer.
I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.
When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.
I wanted to become a cartoon artist, a portrait artist, and an illustrator. This was my first idea.
Although I write screenplays, I don't think I'm a very good writer.
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic.
As far as the press is concerned, they're going to say what they want to say. Probably about 10-15 percent of the time It's accurate.