Saturday, July 4, 2009

Two Writing Quotes And Happy Fourth of July!


"The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself."
– Albert Camus


"I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work."
– Pearl S. Buck

From the Creative Screenwriting Weekly Newsletter.



Happy Fourth of July!

9 comments:

Dr. Monkey said...

Happy fourth to you sir.

lakeviewer said...

The quote from the screenwriters newsletter doesn't count. Neither does the Camus quote either. One group is too concerned about the public perception, while Camus felt like crap all the time, and he didn't need to wait for better times.

No. I'm just crapping all over your place because ever since I started blogging my 'serious' writing has been waiting in the freezer.

Carry on.

Pyzahn said...

Gotta run...I'm getting down to work saving civilization. Or maybe eating a hot dog.

Either way, happy 4th.

Bubs said...

Happy 4th of July sir! I love that Camus quote, and I thank you for bringing that to us.

My word verification is "poptudes"

Cormac Brown said...

Dr. Monk,

Thank you, and to you as well, sir!

Rosaria,

Both quotes are from the same newsletter. I don't know Camus all that well, but I know screenwriters and while a good majority of them are concerned with their image, Hollywood makes it so. It's one of the rare fields that someone can write the best stuff of their career and have it not count for anything.

Conversely, if they are viewed as "hot," they will have a career just as long as that perception holds, the quality of their writing be damned.

You are not "crapping" on anything, my dear. Please, if that's how you feel, do say so and I certainly (and am with your to a certain degree) see your point of view. May your writing be defrosted and served up to as many readers as you desire.

Pyzahn,

Either way, either is worthwhile and enjoy yourself. Happy 4th to you too.

Bubs,

You're welcome and same to you, Detective!

Freida Bee, MD said...

Crap on that Buck quote, because she's detracting from my only writing technique- which is to become perfectly miserable until I can articulate the mood, yet writing prevents me from being miserable, so the only time I have anything worthwhile is when I haven't written until the mood causes the need. This explains why poems are the only thing I write that feel inspired, or nonsensical rants, but I have been entertaining discipline lately. I'll think about it.

I really like Camus, but the utter arrogance of his quote is one I'll only embrace knowing that the same could be said of musicians, mothers, dancers, children, and anyone else who does not need there to be importance in what he and/ or she is doing to do it. Then it is truly important.

Cormac Brown said...

Frieda,

But what do you do when that mood never arrives?

"but I have been entertaining discipline lately. I'll think about it."

There you go.

"I really like Camus, but the utter arrogance of his quote is one I'll only embrace knowing that the same could be said of musicians, mothers, dancers, children, and anyone else who does not need there to be importance in what he and/ or she is doing to do it."

Mothers are are more important thing in terms of civilization (or the fathers that have to fufill that role), but is that quote really that arrogant?

"and anyone else who does not need there to be importance in what he and/or she is doing to do it. Then it is truly important."

Your PHD is Reverse Psychology is showing...

Gifted Typist said...

and a happy fourth to you too, love the Pearl Buck quote, so real and practical

Cormac Brown said...

Gifted,

"love the Pearl Buck quote, so real and practical"

I am flogging myself with it as I type this.