Category Archives: Movies/Film

Emotional Autobiography (2.0)

Tennessee Williams Quote.pngGreat post by Scott W. Smith over at Screenwriting from Iowa and Other Unlikely Places. Can we truly writing from any other place but our own experiences? I don’t mean the same circumstances but the experience of our emotional journeys to find self. There we pull so much wealth. Pull the pain, the joy and mostly the confusion of what and who we are.

Screenwriting from Iowa

“My work is emotionally autobiographical. It has no relationship to the actual events of my life, but it reflects the emotional currents of my life. I try to work every day, because you have no refuge but writing. When you’re going through a period of unhappiness, a broken love affair, the death of someone you love, or some other disorder in your life, then you have no refuge but writing.”
Tennessee Williams

I found the above quote this week and knew it was the missing piece to a post I wrote a few years ago on emotional autobiography;

“Tennessee Williams observed, even works of demonstrable fiction or fantasy remain emotionally autobiographical.”
David Bayles & Ted Orland
Art & Fear

“Principle  1: Whenever writers sit down before blank paper or glowing green (or amber) phosphor, their personal story is all they can write.”
Richard Walter
The Whole Picture

In Richard Walter’s…

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The Star Wars Kid of Writing?

There are days I am realistic about my writing talent—and days that I think I’m the greatest writer EVER.

I am the Star Wars Kid of Writing!

And then reality sets in. But I keep writing. (After seven years the Kid has 27 million hits.)

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Quote: Time and Writing #1 (Achievable Goals)

One of the most inspiring quotes I’ve heard in a while related to writing-time continuum.

Screenwriting from Iowa

“When I first started to write novels while running a magazine, I told myself that I would only write for 15 minutes a day. I knew that working for a short amount of time was an achievable goal, and I managed to get 10 books written just this way.”
Kate White
Former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine
Quoted in Real Simple magazine/ January 2013
page 49

P.S. On a similar note author/speaker Tim Ferris (The Four-Hour Workweek) says his goal is to just write, “Two crappy pages a day.”

Scott W. Smith

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Quote: Motivations #2

MP900316894[1]I was wrong. I’ll admit it. Don’t pressure me, man! 

Remember that post of mine from ages ago when I talked about things like art and truth? You know the one: back when I was young, foolish—impetuous. Oh, that was just last week? Last week? If you haven’t read it, do so now: Can Good Stories Be More Than Entertainment?

This quote is good. Serious good. (Does this woman always have the best quotes, or what? Ah, yeah. She’s on Hallmark cards, of course.)

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ― Maya Angelou

While not wrong, I felt rebuked…slightly. The quote made me think again my motivations. (Who am I kidding: I’m always thinking of my motivations.) Pulling art, writing, or whatever from the well of love always produces the best result.

From love.

For love.

In love.

Why do you write? Do it for love.

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Quote: Motivations

Prisoner Holding Cigarette Between BarsWhy do you write? What are you motivations? If you’re doing it for the money, get out now, please.

“Don’t get into this business if it’s about trying to make a million-dollar sale. We’ve got plenty of assholes around trying to achieve that goal. There are more dilettantes in the game than real, committed, I’m-gonna-go-down-swinging kinda people. We need more of the latter and less of the former. We need people who care about this as an art form. Movies should count for more than an opening-weekend gross, because whatever had a huge gross this week, will they be talking about it in fifty years? Will it be credit to the art form, the way we talk about Casablanca (1942)?” – Screenwriter, Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)

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