It’s Hard To Write A Good Plot

It’s hard to write a good plot, it’s very hard. Writers are asked, ‘How could you know so much about [fill in the profession]?’ The answer, if the writing satisfies, is that one makes it up. And the job, my job, as a dramatist, was not to write accurately, but to write persuasively. If and when I do my job well, subsequent cowboys, as it were, will talk like me.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Mamet Quotes (Author of Glengarry Glen Ross). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7711.David_Mamet [Accessed 30 Nov. 2019].

Every Scene Should Be Able To Answer Three Questions

Every scene should be able to answer three questions: ‘Who wants what from whom? What happens if they don’t get it? Why now?’ All drama is about lies. All drama is about something that’s hidden. A drama starts because a situation becomes imbalanced by a lie. The lie may be something we tell each other or something we think about ourselves, but the lie imbalances a situation…. At the end of a play the lie is revealed. The better the play the more surprising and inevitable the lie is. Aristotle told us this.

Goodreads.com. (2019). David Mamet Quotes (Author of Glengarry Glen Ross). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/7711.David_Mamet [Accessed 30 Nov. 2019].

I Can Never Read A Book Or See A Movie I Wrote

I can never read this book, just like I can never see a movie that I wrote a screenplay for. I can read it and see it physically, but I can’t accurately judge it. I’m too close to it. If I read it ten times I’ll have ten different reactions.

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].

If You Have No Story To Tell Borrow One

If you have no particular story to tell, then borrow one from someone else. This has worked pretty well for Shakespeare and pretty much every other great writer. The bible is good for plots, as are myths, fairy tales, legends, ballads, pop songs, and crappy movies that didn’t quite work (rewrite them so they do).

Goodreads.com. (2019). Justine Larbalestier Quotes (Author of Liar). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/30033.Justine_Larbalestier [Accessed 23 Sep. 2019].