On Writing

April 14th, 2014 by

underwood5small“It’s very difficult to do comedy because if they don’t laugh when they should laugh you are there with egg on your face, and that’s sad. In a serious pictures you don’t hear them being bored, but in a comedy you can hear them not laughing. You tried so hard and the guy did the pratfall, but nothing–and you wish you were dead.”

– Billy Wilder

On Writing

April 7th, 2014 by

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“Best advice on writing I’ve ever received: Finish.”

– Peter Mayle

On Writing

March 31st, 2014 by

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“The blank page is the greatest moment of writing a script… be happy that you have the privilege of facing it.”

– Lorenzo Semple Jr.

On Writing

March 24th, 2014 by

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“If writers had to wait until their precious psyches were completely serene, there wouldn’t be much writing done.”

– William Styron

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On Writing

March 17th, 2014 by

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“Creation of character is, like much of fiction writing, a mixture of subjective feel and objective control.”

– Julian Barnes

On Writing

March 10th, 2014 by

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“The character that lasts is an ordinary guy with some extraordinary qualities.”

– Raymond Chandler

On Writing

March 3rd, 2014 by

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“Don’t write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.”

– Ethan Canin

On Writing

February 24th, 2014 by

underwood5small“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”

– Nora Ephron

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On Writing

February 17th, 2014 by

underwood5small“Don’t market yourself. Editors and readers don’t know what they want until they see it. Scratch what itches. Write what you need to write, feed the hunger for meaning in your life. Play at the serious questions of life and death.”

– Donald M. Murray

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On Writing

February 10th, 2014 by

underwood5small“Sometimes people say to me, ‘I want to write, but I have five kids, a full-time job, a wife who beats me, a tremendous debt to my parents,’ and so on. I say to them, ‘There is no excuse. If you want to write, write. This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don’t wait. Make the time now, even if it is ten minutes once a week.’”

– Natalie Goldberg

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