The character that lasts is an ordinary guy with some extraordinary qualities.
Writing should be an adventure, shrouded in mystery and uncertainty, blessed with amazing grace.
Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.
You can make a movie about anything, as long as it has a hook to hang the advertising on.
I don't think screenwriting is therapeutic. It's actually really, really hard for me. It's not an enjoyable process.
I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.
I think the deeper you go into questions, the deeper or more interesting the questions get. And I think that’s the job of art.
You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
All writing is discipline, but screenwriting is a drill sergeant.
If you want to be a screenwriter, take an acting class to get a sense of what you're asking actors to do. Learning other skills will help you communicate with people and respect what they do.