quote by Richard Rorty

The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.

— Richard Rorty

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Writing dialogue quote There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's bo

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people's book and write your own.

Characterization is an accident that flows out of action and dialogue.

When I first started writing plays I couldn't write good dialogue because I didn't respect how black people talked. I thought that in order to make art out of their dialogue I had to change it, make it into something different. Once I learned to value and respect my characters, I could really hear them. I let them start talking.

Writing dialogue quote Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing about.

All the information you need can be given in dialogue.

New dramatic writing has banished conversational dialogue from the stage as a relic of dramaturgy based on conflict and exchange: any story, intrigue or plot that is too neatly tied up is suspect.

In real life, people fumble their words.

They repeat themselves and stare blankly off into space and don't listen properly to what other people are saying. I find that kind of speech fascinating but screenwriters never write dialogue like that because it doesn't look good on the page.

Writing dialogue quote Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.

Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.

Writing is a conversation with reading;

a dialogue with thinking. All conversations with older people contain repetition. Some of the ideas mean a lot to me, just interesting, so I both embrace and attack the ideas because I found them, well, delightful.

Jane Austen, much in advance of her day, was a mistress of the use of the dialogue. She used it as dialogue should be used-to advance the story; not only to show the characters, but to advance.

When I'm writing a script, before I can write dialogue or anything, I have two or three hundred pages of notes, which takes me a year. So, it's not like "what happens next." I've got things that I'm thinking about but I don't settle on them. And if I try to write dialogue before then, I can't. It's just garbage.

Writing dialogue quote Write hard and clear about what hurts.

Write hard and clear about what hurts.

Rex Stout's narrative and dialogue could not be improved, and he passes the supreme test of being rereadable. I don't know how many times I have reread the Wolfe stories, but plenty. I know exactly what is coming and how it is all going to end, but it doesn't matter. That's writing.

As actors, we were fighting that tooth and nail because of fear, because language is a crutch and dialogue is a crutch, and it's so easy to just have a great writer write you a line.

I write plays because writing dialogue is the only respectable way of contradicting yourself. I put a position, rebut it, refute the rebuttal, and rebut the refutation.

Writing dialogue quote Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.

I grew up in the theatre. It's where I got my start. Writing a television drama with theatrical dialogue about the theatre is beyond perfection.

To me, all writing is like music. And especially dialogue. I studied music in college; that is what I wanted to be, a composer. Acting got me sidetracked.

I think that's, it's my way of writing, it's my, it's part of you know for lack of a better word, God-given talent that I have that I'm really good at that kind of dialogue.

Writing dialogue quote Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

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For Borges, the core of reality lay in books;

reading books, writing books, talking about books. In a visceral way, he was conscious of continuing a dialogue begun thousands of years before and which he believed would never end.

Dialogue should convey a sense of spontaneity but eliminate the repetitiveness of real talk.

BoJack especially is a very dialogue based show.

A lot of the comedy comes from conversations, and a lot of story comes from misunderstandings and people trying to connect with each other, and there was a really interesting challenge trying to write a script with no dialogue.

Writing dialogue quote A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.

A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.

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When I decided to stop using quotation marks, it presented technical challenges: you have to conceive of dialogue differently and structure it differently for this to work. So I had a new problem, which makes writing interesting again.

I consider plot a necessary intrusion on what I really want to do, which is write snappy dialogue. But when I'm writing, the way the words sound is as important to me as what they mean.

I feel satisfaction at the end of the day when I've written a scene that I really like or when I write a good line of dialogue that I read out to my wife or something like that. But there's also days where it's just bloody agony and I go, 'ugh, this is such crap! Why did I think I had any talent?

Writing dialogue quote Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

In live-action, writing, production and editing happen in discrete stages.

In animation, they overlap - happening simultaneously. This allows a real dialogue to occur between the writer, the director, the actors and the editor, and it makes the writing process a lot more collaborative and a lot less lonely.

I still haven't quite caught on to the idea of writing without dialogue.

I like writing dialogue, and there's nothing wrong with dialogue in movies.

I love writing dialogue, and I think a lot of my writing is visual and very cinematic.

Writing dialogue quote You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you go

You have the itch for writing born in you. It's quite incurable. What are you going to do with it?

I'm terrible at story and structure, but I'm not so bad at writing dialogue.

Learn from cinema. Be economic with descriptions. Sort out the telling detail from the lifeless one. Write dialogue that people would actually speak.

I'll tell you, Quentin Tarantino really writes the most amazing dialogue.

Writing dialogue quote If they give you lined paper, write the other way.

If they give you lined paper, write the other way.

Dialogue is generally the worst choice for exposition.

When you're writing lines you need to focus on the way people actually talk. And when we talk to each other we never actually explain our terms. We don't say 'Sweetheart, would you pass me the sugar bowl, which we picked up for a song at that antique stall in Munich.'

Well, what we do is we have a script, of course.

But for us, writing is also like storyboarding. It's drawing. And so we will cut all of those drawings together with music, sound effects and dialogue. And we screen this kind of stick-figure version of the film.

Part of the fun of writing, touring, teaching, is engaging with real people about all of it: what to do now, how to build a movement, of approaches to teaching, of parenting - it's exciting to be in that dialogue.

Writing dialogue quote When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen

When writing the story of your life, don't let anyone else hold the pen

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As a writer, I am an intellectual. I believe in the ideals of the Enlightenment, I believe in the written word, in dialogue and in truth. I hate lies more than anything else. Most of the time I react by writing.

I think, in a weird way, the reason I was drawn to screenwriting and the reason I really love doing it is because I love writing dialogue.

I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.

I like Quentin Tarantino, especially the early films, but I'm a big fan of Billy Wilder and Preston Sturges... you know, people were writing great dialogue back then. It's as if people only have the memory of the last 15 years. So, before Tarantino no one was writing witty dialogue? That's ridiculous. Why do we have to keep referring to Tarantino?

From 1940 to about 1960, I had been writing just regular comics, the way my publishers wanted me too. He didn't want me to use words of more than two syllables if I could help it. He didn't want me to waste time on worrying about good dialogue or characterization. Just give me a lot of action, lot of fight scenes.

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