Shooting People Podcasts
Syd Field (mp3):
"I was in Poland giving a talk to about 200 students at the Polish Film School.
I asked "How many of you want to write?" And most of the room raised their hand.
I asked, "How many of you have written two or more screenplays?" Not one person raised their hand.
"How many of you have written one screenplay?" Three people raised their hand.
I said, "You say you wanna be writers but why aren't you writing?".
"Well, nobody is paying me."
A writer writes. If you don't take the time to practice and hone your own skills, it ain't there. You've got to sit down and spend time learning your craft, and believe me it is a craft, that occasionally rises to the level of art - as Bill Goldman says. You've got a story to tell, you tell the story."