We’re past the age of heroes and hero kings. … Most of our lives are basically mundane and dull, and it’s up to the writer to find ways to make them interesting.
When writing a novel, that's pretty much entirely what life turns into: 'House burned down. Car stolen. Cat exploded. Did 1500 easy words, so all in all it was a pretty good day.'
Life is a lot more interesting if you are interested in the people and the places around you. So, illuminate your little patch of ground, the people that you know, the things that you want to commemorate. Light them up with your art, with your music, with your writing, with whatever it is that you... Continue Reading →
Life can't defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death.
Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful.
People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal.
Going to the cinema is like returning to the womb; you sit there, still and meditative in the darkness, waiting for life to appear on the screen.
Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.
The cinema is not an art which films life: the cinema is something between art and life. Unlike painting and literature, the cinema both gives to life and takes from it, and I try to render this concept in my films. Literature and painting both exist as art from the very start; the cinema doesn't.
That was the chief difference between literature and life. In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is high; in reality, very low.