Quotes on Writing from Joe Czop LaBritz

ScriptWrights,

Here are some quotes on writing I’ve compiled that may amuse, inform, inspire, or cause you to disagree.  In any case, may at least one “ignite you” to some kind of action…

Joe Czop LaBritz

Always be yourself…unless you suck - Joss Whedon

You can make a movie about anything, as long as it has a hook to hang the advertising on - Roger Corman

There are no dull subjects, only dull writers - H. L. Mencken

A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies you didn’t intend to be there - Spike Lee

First get your facts, then distort them at your leisure - Mark Twain

Journalism is the first rough draft of history - Unknown

Feydeau’s one rule of playwriting: Character A: My life is perfect as long as I don’t see Character B. Knock Knock. Enter Character B. - John Guare

A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people - Thomas Mann

All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl - Jean Luc Goddard

Everyone has a story - Neil LaBute

Plays are nearly always about the consequences of events while films are usually about the events. The what-happens-next factor is essential in film. -  Richard Toscan

“Your audience is your adversary. If you don’t have one get one – imagine it. Imagine it now. To whom is your story addressed and why? Audience is always a creative act of the imagination. You can’t tell your story effectively and leave it out. It must be alive in you, vividly alive. It is in conflict with everything that is false in what you have written. If it is an audience worthy of your talent and potential, it won’t let you slide by the lies, the laziness, the shortcuts. If you don’t take audience seriously, you can be sure it will return the favor.”

“The answer to the question, ‘where’s the drama?’ is another question: ‘what’s the problem?”

“What monster sleeps in the deep of your story? You need a monster. Without a monster there is no story.” - Billy Marshall Stoneking

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