Some major writers have a huge..

Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all.

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My personal experience has been that in my 25 years of writing, I have not been asked to do more than four or five commercial one-shot scripts. These were performed on major national hook-ups but produced for me no immediate additional jobs or requests. One script for BBC was done around the world with an all-star cast.
Additional
All-Star
Around
Asked
BBC
Been
Cast
Commercial
Done
Experience
Five
Four
Has-Been
Immediate
You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.
Acquire
Costly
Emotional
Habit
Hurry
Lasting
Less
Love
Major
More
Much
Should
Tear
Than
I've always loved science fiction. I think the smartest writers are science fiction writers dealing with major things.
Always
Dealing
Fiction
Fiction writers
I think
Loved
Major
Science
Science fiction
Science fiction writers
Smartest
Things
Think
Writers
The major poets of New Jersey have all suffered, whether it's Whitman, who lost his job for 'Leaves of Grass,' or William Carlos Williams, who was called a communist, or Ginsberg, whose 'Howl' was prosecuted, or myself. If you practise poetry the way I think it needs to be done, you're going to put yourself in jeopardy.
Communist
Done
Going
Grass
His
Howl
I think
Jeopardy
Jersey
Job
Leaves
Lost
Major
Myself
I think a lot of L.A. is something like USC - this incredible white culture living in the midst of color, and no obvious reaction to it at all. I mean, they have guards at the gate at USC - guards at the gate of a major university! And the guards chase young black boys away - I've seen it, chasing 8-year-old boys.
Away
Black
Boy
Chase
Chasing
Color
Culture
Gate
Guards
I think
Incredible
Like
Living
Lot
I wrote some serious stuff in high school; however, I hadn't been exposed to any of the major poets, not even the minor ones... I read nothing but Sara Teasdale.
Any
Been
Even
Exposed
High
High school
However
Major
Minor
Nothing
Poets
Read
School
Serious
Writing on a contract for a major studio you get the very best.
Best
Contract
Get
Major
Studio
Very
Writing
You
The comptroller of New York City ought to have all the characteristics of a major corporation's CFO - quiet rigor, obsessive care for detail, incorruptible judgment, an ability to work assiduously behind the scenes with the key stakeholders.
Ability
Behind
Care
Characteristics
City
Corporation
Detail
Judgment
Key
Major
New
New york
New york city
Obsessive
I found out about reviews early on. They're mostly written by sad men on bad afternoons. That's probably why I'm less angry than some writers, who are so narcissistic they consider every line of every review, even a thoughtful one, as major treason.
About
Afternoon
Angry
Bad
Consider
Early
Even
Every
Found
Less
Line
Major
Men
Mostly
I think the Women's movement has had a major impact on everybody's lives in our nation and in the world as a whole.
Everybody
Had
I think
Impact
Lives
Major
Major impact
Movement
Nation
Our
Think
Whole
Women
World
A major part of love is commitment. If we are committed to someone, if I'm committed to loving you, then it's not possible for me to 'fall out of love.'
Commitment
Committed
Fall
Love
Love is
Loving
Major
Major part
Me
Out
Part
Possible
Someone
Then
But I still read Shaw on a regular basis. What I love is the nakedness of the polemic and the irresistible good humour. For me, 'Major Barbara' is the greatest of all the plays in that it starts from the rational and proceeds to the ecstatic in a spectacular way, and leaves you very confused if you cling to Euclidean logic.
Barbara
Basis
Cling
Confused
Ecstatic
Good
Greatest
Humour
I love
Irresistible
Leaves
Logic
Love
Love is
My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.
Childhood
Life
Lonely
Major
Regret
Unnecessarily
Even if every major government were to slap huge taxes on carbon fuels - which is not going to happen - it wouldn't do much to halt climate change any time soon. What it would do is cost us hundreds of billions - if not trillions - of dollars, because alternative energy technologies are not yet ready to take up the slack.
Alternative
Any
Because
Billions
Carbon
Change
Climate
Climate change
Cost
Dollars
Energy
Even
Every
Fuels
I was 21 in 1968, so I'm as much a child of the '60s as is possible to be. In those years the subject of religion had really almost disappeared; the idea that religion was going to be a major force in the life of our societies, in the West anyway, would have seemed absurd in 1968.
Absurd
Almost
Anyway
Child
Disappeared
Force
Going
Had
Idea
Life
Major
Much
Our
Possible
As I went to college, I went into radio and television. Now I suppose most people think that's one step ahead of basket weaving as a major in college, but it was part of the journalism department.
Ahead
Basket
College
Department
Journalism
Major
Most
Now
Part
People
Radio
Step
Suppose
Television
As a major contemporary composer, Madonna should not let the eye dictate to the ear.
Composer
Contemporary
Dictate
Ear
Eye
Madonna
Major
Should
What has been forgotten is that there were major intellectual breakthroughs in the 1960s, thanks to North American writers of an older generation. There was a rupture in continuity, since most young people influenced by those breakthroughs did not enter the professions.
American
American writers
Been
Breakthroughs
Continuity
Did
Enter
Forgotten
Generation
Has-been
Influenced
Intellectual
Major
Most
Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
Art
Arts
Been
Birth
Dance
Decline
Does
Early
Emerged
Figure
Future
Genres
Influence
Like
Video games and YouTube.com are creatively booming, even though Web design, as demonstrated by the ugly clutter of most major news sites, is in the pits.
Booming
Clutter
Creatively
Design
Even
Games
Major
Most
News
Sites
Though
Ugly
Video
Video games
The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it.
Being
Cable
Doing
Judges
Major
Networks
Prosecutors
Ridiculous
Well
Look at the Chandra Levy case. It's become a Star Chamber. The major networks, the cable networks, they're being prosecutors. They're judges and jurors and executioners. Well, c'mon, that's ridiculous. But they're doing it.
Become
Being
Cable
Case
Chamber
Doing
Judges
Look
Major
Networks
Prosecutors
Ridiculous
Star
Well
We all drew on the comfort which is given out by the major works of Mozart, which is as real and material as the warmth given up by a glass of brandy.
Brandy
Comfort
Drew
Given
Glass
Major
Material
Mozart
Out
Real
Up
Warmth
Which
Works
Human material seems to have one major defect: it does not like to be considered merely as human material. It finds it hard to endure the feeling that it must resign itself to passive acceptance of changes introduced from above.
Above
Acceptance
Changes
Considered
Defect
Does
Endure
Feeling
Finds
Hard
Human
Introduced
Itself
Like
I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio.
Am
Any
Contract
Day
Going
I am
Industry
Major
Motion
Motion picture
Motion picture industry
Never
One day
Openly
Most of the time I liked school and got good grades. In junior high, though, I hit a stumbling block with math - I used to come home and cry because of how frustrated I was! But after a few good teachers and a lot of perseverance, I ended up loving math and even choosing it as a major when I got to college.
After
Because
Block
Choosing
College
Come
Cry
Ended
Even
Few
Frustrated
Good
Good grades
Good teachers
When I originally entered UCLA, I had planned to go for a film major, but I kept finding myself taking math classes for fun, 'cause I missed them from high school!
Cause
Classes
Entered
Film
Finding
Fun
Go
Had
High
High school
Kept
Major
Math
Missed
So somebody told me that if I wasn't a coffee drinker yet, by the end of college I'd have to be, because a math major is so tough I would have to stay up very late. I was going to need coffee to do that. Well, merely because they said that, I never drank coffee in college, never got addicted to it, never needed it.
Addicted
Because
Coffee
College
Drank
Drinker
End
Going
Got
Late
Major
Math
Me
Merely
In high school, a teacher once suggested that I be a math major in college. I thought, 'Me? You've got to be joking!' I mean, in junior high, I used to come home and cry because I was so afraid of my math homework. Seriously, I was terrified of math.
Afraid
Because
College
Come
Cry
Got
High
High school
Home
Homework
Joking
Junior
Junior high
Major
To obfuscate the reconstruction of the effect - when a magician is fooled by another magician doing magic. In my career that's not been the major passion, but it's been the passion of a number of my mentors. The crowning achievement for them would be to create magic good enough to fool other magicians.
Achievement
Another
Been
Career
Create
Crowning
Doing
Effect
Enough
Fool
Fooled
Good
Magic
Magician
We call ourselves a free nation, and yet we let ourselves be told what cabs we can and can't take by a man at a hotel door, simply because he has a drum major's uniform on.
Because
Call
Door
Drum
Free
He
Hotel
Major
Man
Nation
Ourselves
Simply
Take
Uniform
Opera needs a major makeover; the large opera houses are too in thrall to their conservative patrons.
Conservative
Houses
Large
Major
Makeover
Needs
Opera
Too
I am truly at my happiest not when I am writing an aria for an actor or making a grand political or social point. I am at my happiest when I've figured out a fun way for somebody to slip on a banana peel.
Actor
Am
Banana
Figured
Fun
Grand
Happiest
I Am
Making
Out
Peel
Point
Political
Slip
The rules are all in a sixty-four-page pamphlet by Aristotle called 'Poetics.' It was written almost three thousand years ago, but I promise you, if something is wrong with what you're writing, you've probably broken one of Aristotle's rules.
Almost
Aristotle
Broken
Pamphlet
Promise
Rules
Something
Thousand
Thousand Years
Three
Writing
Written
Wrong
Years
I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with.
After
Closely
Comfort
Complain
Died
Find
Had
Know
Life
Look
May
More
Myself
People
Everything can be going well, but if I'm not writing, I'm not happy. When I'm writing well, I'm like a different person.
Different
Different Person
Everything
Going
Happy
Like
Person
Well
Writing
I'm more comfortable writing traditional protagonists. But 'Steve Jobs' and 'The Social Network' have antiheroes. I like to write antiheroes as if they're making their case to God about why they should be allowed into heaven. I have to find something in that character that is like me and write to that.
About
Allowed
Case
Character
Comfortable
Find
God
Heaven
Jobs
Like
Making
Me
More
Network
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.
Bone
Close
Eight
Episode
Happens
I Write
Must
Now
Scripts
Seven
Tell
Very
Well
Write
I like writing idealistically, romantically and swashbucklingly.
Like
Writing
I've never written anything that I haven't wanted to write again. I want to, and still am, writing 'A Few Good Men' again. I didn't know what I was doing then, and I'm still trying to get it right. I would write 'The Social Network' again if they would let me, I'd write 'Moneyball' again. I would write 'The West Wing' again.
Again
Am
Anything
Doing
Few
Get
Good
Good Men
Know
Me
Men
Network
Never
Right
If I am writing a movie and I am stuck, I can call the studio and tell them it's delayed. You can't do that with television - you have air dates to meet.
Air
Am
Call
Dates
Delayed
I Am
I Can
Meet
Movie
Stuck
Studio
Television
Tell
Them
Sometimes, particularly in summers in New York, I have tried to write in shorts or with no shirt on and found myself unable to do so, the reason being, I take it, that writing, even of the most impersonal sort, is for me a divestment, a striptease, even, so that if I start off undressed, I have nowhere to go.
Being
Even
Found
Go
Impersonal
Me
Most
Myself
New
New York
Nowhere
Off
Particularly
Reason
I'm very physical. When I'm writing, I'm playing all the parts; I'm saying the lines out loud, and if I get excited about something - which doesn't happen very often when I'm writing, but it's the greatest feeling when it does - I'll be out of the chair and walking around, and if I'm at home, I'll find myself two blocks from my house.
About
Around
Blocks
Chair
Does
Excited
Feeling
Find
Get
Greatest
Greatest Feeling
Happen
Home
House
When I wrote 'The West Wing,' the juice behind it was that in popular culture, our leaders in government are generally portrayed as Machiavellian, or as idiots. I thought, well, how about writing about a group of hyper-competent people?
About
Behind
Culture
Generally
Government
Group
How
Idiots
Juice
Leaders
Our
People
Popular
Popular Culture
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.
About
Beyond
Dialogue
Drama
Got
Grew
Perfection
Start
Television
Theatre
Theatrical
Up
Where
Writing
Writing requires the concentration of the writer, demands that nothing else be done except that.
Concentration
Demands
Done
Else
Except
Nothing
Requires
Writer
Writing
You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you don't necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity... We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican.
Absolute
Absolute Freedom
Because
Deal
Freedom
Identity
Know
Means
Mexican
Necessarily
Today
Which
Who
Why
I am a morning writer; I am writing at eight-thirty in longhand and I keep at it until twelve-thirty, when I go for a swim. Then I come back, have lunch, and read in the afternoon until I take my walk for the next day's writing.
Afternoon
Am
Back
Come
Day
Go
I Am
Keep
Longhand
Lunch
Morning
Next
Read
Swim
Diplomacy in a sense is the opposite of writing. You have to disperse yourself so much: the lady who comes in crying because she's had a fight with the secretary; exports and imports; students in trouble; thumbtacks for the embassy.
Because
Crying
Diplomacy
Embassy
Exports
Fight
Had
Imports
Lady
Much
Opposite
Secretary
Sense
She
I love writing but hate starting. The page is awfully white, and it says, 'You may have fooled some of the people some of the time, but those days are over, giftless. I'm not your agent, and I'm not your mommy; I'm a white piece of paper. You wanna dance with me?' and I really, really don't. I'll go peaceable-like.
Agent
Dance
Days
Fooled
Go
Hate
I Love
Love
May
Me
Mommy
Over
Page
Paper