Free Screenwriting Resource: Writers On Writing Quotes

October 18th, 2016 by

I’m a big fan of writing quotes. Tack them up on my desk and use them for inspiration. Plus I use them all the time in my teaching. Who better to reflect on the craft than the writers themselves?

So every Monday at 10AM Eastern / 7AM Pacific for over 6 years, I have posted a quote on the craft in my weekly series I call On Writing. Here are a few choice examples:

Richard Bach: “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”

James Scott Bell: “Here is one simple rule to remember: Characters carry theme.”


“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow
after your characters have run by
on their way to incredible destinations.”
— Ray Bradbury

Leigh Brackett: “Plot is people. Human emotions and desires founded on the realities of life.”

Anthony Burgess: “A character has to be ignorant of the future, unsure about the past, and not at all sure what he’s supposed to be doing.”

That’s just a handful of quotes from writers whose last names begin with the letter B.

Go here for the archive featuring nearly 300 Writers On Writing quotes. That archive will keep growing as each Monday morning rolls around…

Go here to access links to all of the select group of Free Screenwriting Resources from Go Into The Story.

Each day in October, I’m going to highlight a screenwriting resource available on the blog. Why? Because with over 20,000 posts and 80+ archived topics, I want to make sure readers are aware of the many assets available here for reading and research. And they are all free!


On Writing

October 17th, 2016 by

Typewriter“Despite all the cynical things writers have said about writing for money, the truth is we write for love. That is why it is so easy to exploit us. That is also why we pretend to be hard-boiled, saying things like “No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money” (Samuel Johnson). Not true. No one but a blockhead ever wrote except for love. . . . You must do it for love. If you do it for money, no money will ever be enough, and eventually you will start imitating your first successes, straining hot water through the same old teabag. It doesn’t work with tea, and it doesn’t work with writing.”

— Erica Jong

Via Advice To Writers

On Writing

October 10th, 2016 by

Typewriter“If you’re afraid you can’t write, the answer is to write. Every sentence you construct adds weight to the balance pan. If you’re afraid of what other people will think of your efforts, don’t show them until you write your way beyond your fear. If writing a book is impossible, write a chapter. If writing a chapter is impossible, write a page. If writing a page is impossible, write a paragraph. If writing a paragraph is impossible, write a sentence. If writing even a sentence is impossible, write a word and teach yourself everything there is to know about that word and then write another, connected word and see where their connection leads. A page a day is a book a year.”

— Richard Rhodes

Via AdviceToWriters

On Writing

October 3rd, 2016 by


“Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.”

— Zadie Smith

On Writing

September 26th, 2016 by

Typewriter“A writer friend advised, when I was starting out on my first book: ‘write like you talk.’ I took that to mean that good writing must have a conversational quality, should not be arch or pretentious. And as you are aware when speaking to others when their attention lapses, so when writing you must think: How do I hold the reader’s attention?”

— Ken Auletta

Via Advice to Writers

On Writing

September 19th, 2016 by


“The novel is a narrative that organizes itself in the world, while cinema is a world that organizes itself into a narrative.”

— Jean Mitry

On Writing

September 12th, 2016 by


“You write by sitting down and writing. There’s no particular time or place—you suit yourself, your nature. How one works, assuming he’s disciplined, doesn’t matter.”

— Bernard Malamud

Via Advice To Writers

On Writing

September 5th, 2016 by


“Write about the emotions you fear the most.”

— Laurie Halse Anderson

On Writing

August 29th, 2016 by


“Imagination is like a muscle. I find out the more I write, the bigger it gets.”

— Philip José Farmer

On Writing

August 22nd, 2016 by


“There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.”

— Beatrix Potter