The Definition Of An Artist Is Not Tied To Excellence Or Talent

I think the definition of an artist is not necessarily tied into excellence or talent; an artist is somebody who, if you took away their freedom to make art, would lose their mind.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Richard Price Quotes (Author of Lush Life). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16481.Richard_Price [Accessed 12 Oct. 2019].
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I Can’t Imagine Not Writing

I write because I can’t imagine not writing.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Richard Price Quotes (Author of Lush Life). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16481.Richard_Price [Accessed 12 Oct. 2019].

Feel Like An Artist When Writing A Novel

I prefer to write novels because, well, I’m a novelist. I feel like an artist when I’m writing a novel, when I’m working on a screenplay I feel like a craftsman.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Richard Price Quotes (Author of Lush Life). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16481.Richard_Price [Accessed 12 Oct. 2019].

Descend On Angel Wings Into Classrooms

I started thinking about my relationship with my students; I’m this guy who comes in from book – and movie – land and descends on angel wings into their classroom.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Richard Price Quotes (Author of Lush Life). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16481.Richard_Price [Accessed 12 Oct. 2019].

I Write Because I Write

I write because I write – as anyone in the arts does. You’re a painter because you feel you have no choice but to paint. You’re a writer because this is what you do.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Richard Price Quotes (Author of Lush Life). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/16481.Richard_Price [Accessed 12 Oct. 2019]

Don’t Allow English Composition To Disrupt The Sound And Rhythm

I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Elmore Leonard Quotes (Author of Get Shorty). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12940.Elmore_Leonard [Accessed 11 Oct. 2019].

Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing
1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words “suddenly” or “all hell broke loose.”
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don’t go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.
11. If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.

Goodreads.com. (2019). Elmore Leonard Quotes (Author of Get Shorty). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/12940.Elmore_Leonard [Accessed 11 Oct. 2019].