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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. "But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter is you sell your copyright. As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright, you maintain your copyright."
Author: Beth Henley
3. "But the thing I remember most about the screening in October twenty years ago was the moment Julian grasped my hand that had gone numb on the armrest separating our seats. He did this because in the book Julian Wells lived but in the movie's new scenario he had to die. He had to be punished for all of his sins. That's what the movie demanded. (Later, as a screenwriter, I learned it's what all movies demanded.) When this scene occurred, in the last ten minutes, Julian looked at me in the darkness, stunned. "I died," he whispered. "They killed me off." I waited a bit before sighing, "But you're still here." Julian turned back to the screen and soon the movie ended, the credits rolling over the palm trees as I (improbably) take Blair back to my college while Roy Orbison wails a song about how life fades away."
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
4. "I always loved movies, but I never thought I would presume to be a screenwriter and definitely not a director."
Author: Cameron Crowe
5. "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
6. "As I've often observed and remarked: the most gifted screenwriters can concoct believable monsters, deviants, heroes, regular-joes, atheists, agnostics, all sorts of characters. But the believable depiction of a full-orbed Christian character is simply beyond them. Evidently they have never known (much less understood nor liked) even one credible, practicing, Biblically-faithful Christian. It's the one color missing from their palate — as starved for ideas as they are."
Author: Dan Phillips
7. "And I didn't grow up wanting to be a director. I grew up wanting to be a writer, so for me, that was always the goal - to be a novelist, not a screenwriter. And I think, again, if I didn't have the novels, maybe I'd be much more frustrated by not having directed yet."
Author: David Benioff
8. "Every adaptation requires that the screenwriter make difficult choices - and in particular, difficult cuts."
Author: David Benioff
9. "I grew up in the Midwest; you don't know any screenwriters. It didn't seem like a realistic career possibility."
Author: Diablo Cody
10. "There are a lot of women screenwriters, but they are obviously outnumbered by men. And it still is a very much male-dominated industry."
Author: Elizabeth Meriwether
11. "I am happy that I'm a better novelist than a screenwriter."
Author: Graeme Simsion
12. "When I was a screenwriter, I was doing it for mercenary reasons."
Author: James Frey
13. "From a writing point of view, you now have teams of screenwriters working with a director. What's lost in the process is the power of that one heart, brain, gut and soul that makes something an original piece of writing."
Author: Joe Eszterhas
14. "As a screenwriter and a half-Jew, I tend to look at the glass half-empty."
Author: John Francis Daley
15. "About a year ago I got really exhausted from reading bad scripts and I know that I am a writer and that I have stories to tell, so I thought, 'Let's do this!' So I'm co-writing a screenplay now with another screenwriter and loving it. Absolutely loving it. And I would like to be the producer on the project and of course the lead is me."
Author: Kerry Washington
16. "Since signing with Universal, I have been working closely with Gary Ross, the director, producer and screenwriter. We have spent many hours on the phone, and I've been sending him information and items that have been useful to the writing process."
Author: Laura Hillenbrand
17. "It's really hard as a screenwriter, you feel like you have a vision and then you turn it over to a director and you have to let it go."
Author: Lorene Scafaria
18. "Wanting to be a screenwriter is like wanting to be a co-pilot."
Author: Marshall Brickman
19. "I know I should be able to find a story in anything. Good screenwriters can pull interesting films out of the asinine and mundane. But everything I've read about writing always begins with ‘write what you know.' What I know is: quiet streets, topiary, moronic high school arsehats, and homework. Has anyone ever made a movie about homework? Probably. I bet it was in French."
Author: Melissa Keil
20. "Bill Condon, I must say, may have been one of the best professional experiences of my life, collaborating with him. He, himself, is an Academy Award winning screenwriter. He is a storyteller first and foremost, so we speak the same language. We approach things always from the story."
Author: Melissa Rosenberg
21. "There's this movie, 'Zero Dark Thirty' about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Some have complained that too many 'secrets' were dished out by the intelligence and special operations communities to director Kathryn Bigelow, screenwriter Mark Boal and their crew, part of a broader pattern of using intelligence for political effect."
Author: Michael Hayden
22. "When you're a screenwriter working on a film, you're not really even welcome on set, even if you know... When I wrote 'Elizabeth' and Shekhar Kapur was a friend of mine, but I wasn't really welcome on set, because the director is God and it's a very difficult position for a screenwriter who's put so much passion into that, into the writing."
Author: Michael Hirst
23. "You get to Hollywood and you are in the land of big money where they don't like to see only one screenwriter's name. It's much better if you've got four or five."
Author: Nigel Kneale
24. "I was in New York. Hitchcock was in California. He rang me to make a report on his progress and said, I'm having trouble. I've just sacked my second screenwriter."
Author: Patricia Highsmith
25. "As screenwriters, we struggle with our own success. We have wallpapered our world and now we can't get anyone to notice the picture we just hung."
Author: Paul Schrader
26. "He'd discovered that his memories of that summer were like bad movie montages - young lovers tossing a Frisbee in the park, sharing a melting ice-cream cone, bicycling along the river, laughing, talking, kissing, a sappy score drowning out the dialogue because the screenwriter had no idea what these two people might say to each other."
Author: Richard Russo
27. "What you do is get the right director and the right screenwriter and the right cast. It's a fantastic job."
Author: Robbie Coltrane
28. "My father was a screenwriter, but he was also a novelist."
Author: Sadie Jones
29. "If a novelist has created vivid characters, interesting relationships, settings the reader can easily imagine, and intriguing stories, a screenwriter has loads to work with. The challenge comes with deciding what to cut and what to keep."
Author: Seth Grahame Smith
30. "I want a career writing these novels that I can be proud of. And then I want one as a screenwriter."
Author: Stephan Pastis
31. "Being a good television screenwriter requires an understanding of the way film accelerates the communication of words."
Author: Steven Bochco
32. "In Lovelock's view the earth was a 'super-organism,' a cybernetic feedback system that 'seeks an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet.' At the suggestion of his neighbor, author and screenwriter William Goldman, he called the system Gaia after the ancient Greek Earth goddess."
Author: Steven Kotler
33. "Okay, you got me. The screenwriter is a vampire. Now go to your own desk and call Mimi so she can call me and I can get my day started"
Author: Tere Michaels
34. "A screenwriter heard me read from my novel 'The Wishbones' when it was still in progress and mentioned me to some producers in Hollywood. They called, and I told them I had a novel in my drawer about a high school election that goes haywire. They asked to take a look, and my life changed pretty dramatically as a result."
Author: Tom Perrotta
35. "Developing films with directors, developing films with actors, is a poor percentage play for a screenwriter."
Author: Tony Gilroy
36. "No one should feel sorry for a successful screenwriter."
Author: Tony Gilroy
37. "I don't believe moviegoers don't have patience. Screenwriters are told a scene can't be longer than three minutes, that you have to cut to the chase. Not true!"
Author: Tracy Letts
38. "Being a screenwriter is not enough for a full creative life."
Author: William Goldman

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She would not allow herself to remember how Note had treated her, and many others too, she suspected. She had forgiven him, yes, but she still did not like to remember. And perhaps a deliberate act of forgetting went along with forgiveness. You forgave, and then you said to yourself: Now I shall forget. Because if you did not forget, then your forgiveness would be tested, perhaps many times and in ways that you could not resist, and you might go back to anger, and to hating."
Author: Alexander McCall Smith

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