10 Screenwriters on Screenwriting: Vol. 9

Professional screenwriters reflect on the craft.

“I try my very best in every film I’m working on to make you fall in love with those characters.”

— Mark Bomback

“The first draft, the first structure is really important… Do it fast, don’t get stuck.”

— Oliver Stone

“Don’t worry about getting an agent. When you have enough quality work under your belt, they will come calling.”

— Stephany Folsom

“The secret to screenwriting is short sentences, small words, and BIG pictures.”

— William Kelley

“One of the few things I’ve discovered about writing is to form a habit that becomes an addiction.”

— Frank Pierson

Frank Pierson

“Everything is a more perfect in your head. Once you make concrete choices — one word over another — everything gets worse.”

— Damien Chazelle

“Remember, not every idea is a movie. You don’t want to run out of plot before you run out of pages.”

— Mike Sweeney

“It’s like building a wall. You’re changing the details, but you’re still trying to keep the overall shape of the story.”

— Leigh Brackett

“I rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. I know in advance that my so-called first draft will be my tenth draft.”

— Carol Foreman

“Hollywood lives or dies on something that seems new and original, but is very much like something that made money before.”

— Michael January

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