When I write something, I want the best director to direct it. And that's not going to be me.
And my friends, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
The stuff that I write doesn't work very well as background music. You have to watch it from beginning to end and pay attention as if you were watching a play.
Decisions are made by those who show up.
There are television critics, movie critics, and theater critics too who I like and who I follow and I get genuinely bummed when they don't like something that I've written because I usually agree with them.
People don't live their lives in a series of scenes that form a dramatic narrative, they don't speak in dialogue, they're not lit by a cinematographer or scored by a composer. The properties of real life and the properties of drama have almost nothing to do with each other. The difference between wr
But HBO is less interested in how many people are watching than in how much the people who are watching are liking the show. They didn't set up their business model to make writers happy. It's just a nice unintended consequence.
Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.
Music is what mathematics does on a Saturday night.
Mrs. Landingham, does the President have free time this morning? The President has nothing but free time, Toby. Right now he's in the residence eating Cheerios and enjoying Regis and Kathie Lee. Should I get him for you? Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham.
It's populated by people who, by and large, have terrific communication skills. Every day is an extraordinary day. For me, it was just a great area for storytelling.
I think it's up to writers to write stuff that is compelling enough that people want to watch.
Decisions are made by those who show up. Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world.
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright. Aaron Sorki
You're going to fall down, but the world doesn't care how many times you fall down, as long as it's one fewer than the numbers of times you get back up.
People who don't know anything tend to make up fake rules, the real rules being considerably more difficult to learn.
There are some screw-ups headed your way. I wish I could tell you that there was a trick to avoiding the screw-ups... but they're coming for ya. It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Writers are opposite of athletes, they get better with age
A hero would die for his country, but he'd much rather live for it.
Tell me what you think and then tell me what the really smart person in the room who disagrees with you thinks.
One of the biggest challenges in the past for me in working on the networks was that audiences have grown accustomed to television being something that keeps you company-background music, something that you have on while you're flipping through a magazine, cooking dinner, talking on the phone, putti
There's that process of writing it - then you come out of your room into the sunlight, and you now have to complete the circuit and make the connection finally with the audience.
Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
Conflict, when used as a device, makes for good television and bad journalism.
I can kind of put any piece of red meat out on the table -- census, proportional response, slavery reparations -- and get them fighting about it.
That's a very real feeling - that I don't have a story to tell. I'm not a pure storyteller. I have a tough time with story.
Just to clarify the division of labor on the show, I write the show and Alan [Poul] does everything else.
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
I don't believe there are two sides to every argument. I think the facts are the center. And watching the news abandon the facts in favor of 'fairness' is what's troubling to me.
The thing I know how to do most is write a play. I came up loving plays and learning about plays and writing plays. I actually feel like an outsider when I'm writing movies and television.