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!