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“There’s a time to go to the typewriter. It’s like a dog: the way a dog before it craps wanders around in circles—a piece of earth, an area of grass, circles it for a long time before it squats. It’s like that: figuratively circling the typewriter getting ready to write, and then finally one sits down. I think I sit down to the typewriter when it’s time to sit down to the typewriter.”

— Edward Albee, The Art of Theater No. 4, from The Paris Review interview.


Edward Albee: “There’s a time to go to the typewriter. It’s like a dog: the way a dog before it craps wanders around in circles…”

I had a wonderful teacher, Irwin Blacker, and he was feared by everyone at the school because he took a very interesting position.

He gave you the screenplay form, which I hated so much, and if you made one mistake on the form, you flunked the class.

His attitude was that the least you can learn is the form.

‘I can’t grade you on the content. I can’t tell you whether this is a better story for you to write than that, you know? And I can’t teach you how to write the content, but I can certainly demand that you do it in the proper form.’

He never talked about character arcs or anything like that; he simply talked about telling a good yarn, telling a good story.

He said, ‘Do whatever you need to do. Be as radical and as outrageous as you can be. Take any kind of approach you want to take. Feel free to flash back, feel free to flash forward, feel free to flash back in the middle of a flashback. Feel free to use narration, all the tools are there for you to use.’

I used to tell a screenwriting class, ‘I could teach you all the basic techniques in fifteen minutes. After that, it’s up to you.’ (source)

– John Milius from “Creative Screenwriting,” March/April 2000

The faster I write the better my output. If I’m going slow, I’m in trouble. It means I’m pushing the words instead of being pulled by them. — Raymond Chandler

Quotes on writing: Raymond Chandler

Here is a quote I found from Alan Moore (known for Watchmen, V for Vendetta, etc). I like it because he describes the truth of what it takes to be a writer and the sacrifices you have to make to be one. A lot of people in my life (family and friends) think that being a writer (especially if you’re an unpublished writer) is not difficult and that you’re not doing that much labor. They don’t understand that under all that stillness, there is the unseen struggle that goes on in the mind of a writer. 

Although the advice is for comics writers, it is obvious that this advice can be applied to all writers of fiction (and I guess, non-fiction too).


Also, if you do not know who Alan Moore is… then I am very sad. At least read Watchmen. Please. Thanks :)

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