On Writing

November 23rd, 2015 by

“You can’t wait to write until you’re in the mood. My God, if you waited until you were in the mood, it would take forever. You have to sit down. The name of the game is to put it in the chair.”

— Harry Crews

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On Writing

November 16th, 2015 by

“If we go back to the ancients, those three narratives are there — they’re in the first writing that we have: It’s about sorrow, it’s about redemption, it’s about journey — the hero’s journey… When I teach writing, I always tell my students: ‘You might think you’re writing about your divorce, or your infertility, or whatever it is — remember the ancients, because nobody wants to read your book about your little tale.’ Nobody should read my book because I took an interesting hike and I loved my mom a lot and she died. That’s just a very small, insignificant story — insignificant to anyone but me. And so my job, as a writer, was to make it about other people… When you’re speaking in the truest, most intimate voice about your life, you are speaking with the universal voice.”

— Cheryl Strayed

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November 9th, 2015 by

“Keep on writing, no matter what! That’s the most important thing. As long as you have a job on hand that absorbs all your mental energy, you haven’t much worry to spare over other things. It serves as a suit of armor.”

— Eugene O’Neill

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November 2nd, 2015 by

“The difference between characters and people is the same as the difference between a photograph and a painting.”

— Aaron Sorkin

On Writing

October 26th, 2015 by

“In the end, you either have the cojones to write and keep writing, or you don’t. No amount of good advice will make a damn bit of difference. It’s like exercise. There are health experts everywhere who will tell you what you need to do, but unless you have the discipline to make yourself sweat, it doesn’t matter in the least.”

— Mark Jenkins

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October 19th, 2015 by

“Every scene should be able to answer three questions: Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don’t get it? Why now?”

— David Mamet

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October 12th, 2015 by

“Interesting things happening to interesting people is basically the only rule of screenwriting.”

— Brian Duffield

On Writing

October 5th, 2015 by

“What will keep people reading is a desire to spend more time with the characters you’re presenting on the page.”

— John Gary via Twitter

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