Tag Archives: Quote

Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes on…Storytelling

20 May

“Speak as though you are under the power of the ultimate spirit in the universe, the ultimate mind, the ultimate force force…And speak to these people as though they represent the ultimate…We are singing in a chorus of our voices.  So listen with your entire being to these people.”

Brother Blue, Storyteller


Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes on…Story Structure

14 May

“In the first act set forth the case. In the second, weave together the events, in such ways that until the middle of the third act one may hardly guess the outcome. Always trick expectancy.”

–Lope de Vega, 17th-century playwright

This quote is taken from an excellent post from the always-excellent blog “Observations on Film Art” from Kristin Thompson & David Bordwell. This post debunks the three-act structure as law and gives some historical context. SHOCKING REVELATION: Aristotle, often quoted by screenwriting gurus, doesn’t talk about three acts. Horace did, but he’s a bit less glamorous, right?

Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes…On Story

21 Apr

“Ideas are never the problem. [The process is] looking for the stories I want to tell. I know that they’re there and that they are hiding somewhere. And it’s a question of finding out where they are.”

Simon McBurney

McBurney is a director, writer, actor, and founder of my favorite theater company, Complicite. Rather than write shows, they devise them.  One of their most recent shows, “A Disappearing Number” changed my life, artistically and personally. See their shows if you can.

Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes…On Myth

24 Feb


A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.

Alan Watts

It is a myth, not a mandate, a fable not a logic, and symbol rather than a reason by which men are moved.

Irwin Edman

MYTHOLOGY, n. The body of a primitive people’s beliefs concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

Ambrose Bierce, from The Devil’s Dictionary

Words, Words, Words: Good Quotes

11 Feb

“We have to look at our own inertia, insecurities, self-hate, fear that, in truth, we have nothing valuable to say. When your writing blooms out of the back of this garbage compost, it is very stable. You are not running from anything. You can have a sense of artistic security. If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you.”

–Natalie Goldberg