Looking for words of wisdom or inspiration to finish your script? Look no further. We’ve found some gems and listed them below. If you’re ever stuck or feeling depressed about the process, come back again for a quick pick-me-up. We’ll occasionally add more quotes to live by to this list.
“A screenwriter’s currency is a finished script. Not an outline, a take, a beat sheet, a rough draft. A finished script.” – F. Scott Frazier
“Bad exposition is like bad lighting. It exposes more than it illuminates.” – Josh Friedman
“I was by no means the best writer in my class in college. I’m just the one still writing.” – Akiva Goldsman
“Too many creatives looking to runbefore they can walk. This is a marathon, not a sprint. Dig in, be a sponge, know the business, cut out the negativity, be selfless… Win the $!&$@!day…every day.” – Richard RB Botto
“If you write, if you create content that is interesting, and you upload it, and it’s good, it can find an audience. You don’t have to get on a bus from Iowa to Hollywood to makeit.” – F.J. Pratt
“What has always been at the heart of film making was the value of a script. It was really thewriter who could make or break a film.”Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
“To me, writing is fun. It doesn’t matter what you are writing,as long as you can tell a story.” – Stan Lee
“It’s important to stay in the world of the characters. Once you enter that space, you gotta just stay in it.” – Barry Jenkins
“Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas every day. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them.” – Orson Scott Card
“Writing requires talent and acquired skills. You learn by doing, by making mistakes and then seeing where you went wrong.” – Jeffrey Carver
“A writer can always write. That’s one of the great luxuries we have: Words are cheap.” – John August
“As an artist I feel that we must try different things—but above all we must dare to fail.” – John Cassavetes
Ethan Canin: “Don’t write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story.”