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1. "I've been a screenwriter for twenty-five years. Every one of my books have been optioned for movies and I have written a few of those screenplays."
Author: Alice Hoffman
2. "I write a number of screenplays, and I've never really come up with a part for a movie star."
Author: Andrew Dominik
3. "I did write a couple of original screenplays, but I'd rather write plays."
Author: Beth Henley
4. "I've written poetry since I was a kid. As the years went on, I got into writing stories and screenplays, but I always, always kept up with poetry as well."
Author: Blake Jenner
5. "I've written about 15 screenplays and they all sold - they were all sold on pitches."
Author: Bruce Vilanch
6. "I write screenplays that don't get made and pilots that don't get picked up, and I re-write other people's movies, and those are all different kinds of fees."
Author: Bruce Vilanch
7. "My work as a screenwriter has influenced my fiction. Writing screenplays forces you to consider many elements regarding story structure and other narrative devices that can be used to enhance the infinitely more complex demands of a novel."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
8. "I've written a couple screenplays and half-finished plays."
Author: Christopher Meloni
9. "When I moved out to Los Angeles to get some film and television work, and couldn't get any... I became a little isolated, a little terrified, and it's a good place to get writing, because you're so bored. So I wrote a few screenplays, and people notice those."
Author: Clark Gregg
10. "Douglas Adams did not enjoy writing, and he enjoyed it less as time went on. He was a bestselling, acclaimed, and much-loved novelist who had not set out to be a novelist, and who took little joy in the process of crafting novels. He loved talking to audiences. He liked writing screenplays. He liked being at the cutting edge of technology and inventing"
Author: Douglas Adams
11. "The best way for a beginner to write for animation is to closely watch animated films, then read the screenplays for them afterwards."
Author: Douglas Wood
12. "But the longer I'm in the business, you see a lot of times these screenplays have been rewritten 5 times and you're not really offending an author."
Author: Edward Burns
13. "I definitely want to do more movies, and I'm also a writer, so I have a few screenplays that I'm working on, one of them based off my one-woman show that I used to do in New York. Two of the screenplays I've written by myself, and then I'm also working on one with my writing partner, Tom Riley, who's in London."
Author: Eliza Coupe
14. "Most of the ideas I've gotten for novels or screenplays have occurred to me while I was either shaving or taking a bath. A number have occurred to me while I was driving 127. I rarely get ideas when seated in front of my typewriter, which I find ironic because I have always suspected that typing somehow plays a key role in writing."
Author: Gary Reilly
15. "I have completed and uncompleted screenplays, but they both fall into the category of "unsold." I've seen quite a few movies where the screenplays seemed to be in the "uncompleted" category yet still got sold and made into movies, so I generally refer too all screenplays as "sold" or "unsold." But that's just my own filing system."
Author: Gary Reilly
16. "So I have 8 to 10 screenplays written and unproduced. And frankly, some of them are my favorite stories. I have a Western version of The Count Of Monte Cristo where the count has a clockwork hand. I have a screenplay called Mephisto's Bridge about a Faustian deal with the devil. I love them all."
Author: Guillermo Del Toro
17. "I've started movies without screenplays both on 'Clash' and on 'Hulk,' and that is tremendously stressful because you have a tendency to overcompensate with effects. You haven't tested it in your head. You didn't run it over and over again and covered all of the plot holes and figure it out. It's a marathon that you sprint."
Author: Louis Leterrier
18. "I don't assume, because I can write screenplays, that I know how to write a novel. It's a very different world. There's a craft involved in storytelling, and it's a different kind of craft. But yes, someday I will do that. It just might be awhile."
Author: Melissa Rosenberg
19. "My God, there are so many mediocre screenplays out there."
Author: Michael Arndt
20. "And I've got some screenplays and plays ready to dip into when I need to."
Author: Neil LaBute
21. "I don't card out my screenplays ever. I just have an idea I just sit down and write I don't edit."
Author: Nia Vardalos
22. "Writing screenplays makes me a better musician because it clears my head. After writing a movie, I go running back to music as fast as I can."
Author: Nick Cave
23. "Well, you just know, as a writer, I didn't really write one of the five best screenplays of the year. There were lots of brilliant screenplays; I was just one of the lucky ones who got nominated."
Author: Patrick Marber
24. "If I really considered myself a writer, I wouldn't be writing screenplays. I'd be writing novels."
Author: Quentin Tarantino
25. "A government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation funds filmmaking there, and I wrote several screenplays but never got any money. They were sent back to me, and they said that they were too commercial for them."
Author: Renny Harlin
26. "I've learned to sell my music, I've learned to direct, I've written screenplays... All of this fulfilled my artistic needs but also put food on the table."
Author: Robby Benson
27. "At the moment, I'm toying with a new idea for a book, but fully engaged with writing screenplays, so the book idea - which needs empty space in my head - is barely formed yet."
Author: Rose Tremain
28. "I've made seventeen or eighteen films now, only two of which have been original screenplays, all the others have been based on short stories or novels, and I find the long short story ideal for adaptation."
Author: Satyajit Ray
29. "I wrote one terrible manuscript after another for a decade and I guess they gradually got a little less terrible. But there were many, many unpublished short stories, abandoned screenplays and novels... a Library of Congress worth of awful literature."
Author: Seth Grahame Smith
30. "When writing screenplays, it's a matter of remembering to leave off the page anything and everything that doesn't appear on the screen."
Author: Taiye Selasi
31. "Most screenplays depend primarily on the vision of a director."
Author: Tom Skerritt
32. "Screenplays are structure, and that's all they are. The quality of writing—which is crucial in almost every other form of literature—is not what makes a screenplay work. Structure isn't anything else but telling the story, starting as late as possible, starting each scene as late as possible. You don't want to begin with "Once upon a time," because the audience gets antsy."
Author: William Goldman

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