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.
I've never met anyone who has said, "My goal is to make America mediocre." That's a kind of hard-right conservative fallacy.
Honestly, I don't try to guess at what most people want. I don't think I'd guess right, and I just think that that's not a good recipe for storytelling. I try to write what I like, what I think my friends would like.
Humans know when it's not a good story. Unless you do this for a living, you may not know exactly why you don't like a story, but you can't fool an audience ever. They know when you have it and they know when you don't.
Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright. Aaron Sorki
Only criminals and adulterers should have to hide who they are.
It's important to remember that, first and foremost, if not only, this is entertainment. 'The West Wing' isn't meant to be good for you.
Toby: All right. It couldn't have gone far, right? Sam: No. Toby: Somewhere in this building...is our talent.
And my friends, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
I'm not interested in the difference between good and bad, I'm interested in the differences between good and great.
Josh: So, Toby, itâ€™s election night. What do you say about a country that goes out of its way to protect even those citizens that try to destroy it? Toby: God bless America.
People who don't know anything tend to make up fake rules, the real rules being considerably more difficult to learn.
Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone. So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell you what happens in episode eight.
We lead the world in only 3 categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies. Now none of this is the fault of 20 year old college student, but yo
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.
When you're writing a movie or a play and writing isn't going well, which is for me the normal condition - it's an exceptional day when suddenly I've got something and it's going well - you can call the studio or the producer or whoever is waiting for it and say, "I know I said I was going to have i
I think that if I couldn't write, I would be unemployable.
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.
Decisions are made by those who show up.
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.
I don't think I write differently when I'm writing a screenplay, as opposed to a stage play or a teleplay. Maybe if I were in a film class and there was time to think about it, we could point out differences.
Develop your own compass, and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.
Stupid people surround themselves with smart people. Smart people surround themselves with smart people who disagree with them.
If you can socialize from the privacy of your desk at night in a dark room, you can be a smoother, cooler, funnier, sexy, more everything person than you actually are in real life.
I'm a registered Republican, I only seem liberal because I believe that hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure and not gay marriage.
Perhaps something like Facebook couldn't have been invented by somebody who goes out five nights a week and has a ton of friends and makes friends really easily.
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
She's a person; the doctor pronounces her dead, not the news.
And a wheat thin the size of Lake Tahoe.
Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world, and there are things you can do to lift the human spirit, things that are easy, things that are free, things that you can do every day. Civility, respect, kindness, character.