Quotes for Writers

Quotes for Writers This quote is specifically about screenwriting, but applies to novelists as well. Literary talent is not enough. If you cannot tell a story, all those beautiful images and subtleties of dialogue that you spent months and months perfecting waste the paper they’re written on. What we create for the world, what it demands of us, is story. Now and forever. Countless writers lavish dressy dialogue and manicured descriptions on anorexic yarns and wonder why their scripts never see production, while others with modest literary talent but great storytelling power have the deep pleasure of watching their dreams living in the light of the screen. Of the total creative effort represented in a finished work, 75 percent or more of a writer’s labor goes into designing story. Who are...
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A Few Good Quotes for Writers

A Few Good Quotes for Writers “When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away even if it’s only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time.”~Kurt Vonnegut “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. Perfectionism will ruin your writing, blocking inventiveness and playfulness and life force. Clutter is a wonderfully fertile ground–you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things, get a grip.” ~Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird “I’m not a very good writer, but I’m an excellent re-writer.” -James Michener “Beginning writers must appreciate the prerequisites if...
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