|Nora Ephron 2010|
One of my writer heroines died today. Nora Ephron was 71. We'll miss you Nora.
I got this news on the same day I learned that Script Frenzy, the April event sponsored by the same organization that created NaNoWriMo, is being eliminated due to lack of funding. It was my efforts to learn the craft of screenwriting while participating in Script Frenzy the last four Aprils that brought Nora Ephron to my attention so it was quite unnerving to learn of the demise of both Nora and Script Frenzy withing the same hour.
Some Nora Ephron quotes on reading and writing:
"I try to write parts for women that are as complicated and interesting as women actually are."
"To state the obvious, romantic comedies have to be funny and they have to be romantic. But one of the most important things, for me anyway, is that they be about two strong people finding their way to love."
"My mother wanted us to understand that the tragedies of your life one day have the potential to be comic stories the next."
“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I've accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”
"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim."— '96 Wellesley commencement address