Friday, July 2, 2010

Writing Quotes for Post #500

Barring a false start here, and a yanked post there, this is Post #500. I couldn't have done it without you, the audience. Well, I mean, I could, but it would be boring all by myself and it would something other than blogging (insert your own joke about going blind -- here). At any rate, I thank those that comment and those that lurk. I also give thanks to those that give me the helpful slap on the back and those...well, I draw inspiration from both.

So, here is to everyone that has every visited this blog. Here is to all of you and for success to bless each and everyone. Sláinte!

These quotes came from The Creative Screenwriting Weekly Newsletter-

"Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions -- what we do -- that we are happy or the reverse...All human happiness and misery take the form of action."

- Aristotle

"In nearly all good fiction, the basic -- all but inescapable -- plot form is this: A central character wants something, goes after it despite opposition (perhaps including his own doubts), and so arrives at a win, lose, or draw."

- John Gardner

"Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt."
- Sylvia Plath

"The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it."
- Jules Renard


Bukowski's Basement said...

I get that newsleterr, too. Awesome stuff.

And congrats on the benchmark, Cormac.

John Donald Carlucci said...

Yea Cormac!


David Barber said...

Great quotes again, Cormac and congrats on you 500th post. Well done mate.

P.s. I recently got a copy of "Ellery Queen" from 1947 (Vol. 9, No.40, March 1947) and your man Dashiell Hammett is mentioned. Unfortunately, his story "House Dick", is in the April copy. Do you know of the story?

Cormac Brown said...


44 out of 52 weeks a year, the Newsletter is worth it, and thanks.

Gianni Dollari,

Yea, John!


Thank you, sir.

You got me good, I'll have to look up "House Dick," as I incorrectly remember that title as one of Raymond Chandler's and not of Hammett's.

"The House Dick" is in anthology "Nightmare Town." You'll recognize the story "Nightmare Town" itself, as the story that everyone in the world has ripped-off (including virtually every episode of "Knight Rider" and "The A-Team").

Randal Graves said...

That's a myth. If I haven't gone blind by now, no one ever will.

So I assume Nightmare Town features a middle section sans dialogue where the hero/heroes, to a snappy tune, create a makeshift, yet deadly, trap out of whatever materials are lying about to stop the black hats?

Cormac Brown said...


And, it was the first novel to feature an African-American with a mohawk.