Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Forays in Fiction: 10 Quotes for Scriptwriters

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Writing a screenplay is like climbing a mountain. When you’re climbing, all you can see is the rock in front of you and the rock directly above you.You can’t see where you’ve come from or where you’re going.   -Syd Field

In light of the fast oncomming headlights of Script Frenzy I've collected some inspirational and kick-butt (or kick-but) quotes:

The first draft is nothing more than a starting point, so be wrong as fast as you can.   -Andrew Stanton

Stop thinking about writing as art.  Think of it as work.  If you’re an artist, whatever you do is going to be art.  If you’re not an artist, at least you can do a good day’s work.   -Paddy Chayefsky

Successful people don’t wait. They don’t get stalled on one step, one issue, one project. They continuously go about the problem of creating value. They’re not interested in struggling and waiting, they’re focused on doing.    -Frank Darabont

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what`s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.   -Kubrick

Our primary function is to create an emotion and our second job is to sustain that emotion.   -Alfred Hitchcock

It wasn’t until about the fifth draft of ‘sixth sense’ that I really began to figure it out. It was then that I realized he’s dead. It took me five more drafts to execute it right.   -M. Night Shyamalan

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.   -Scott Adams

Don’t get it right, get it written.   -Art Arthur

I write only when I’m inspired. Fortunately I’m inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.   -William Faulkner

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