Monday Devotional

In keeping with my The Magnificent Seven theme from yesterday, I have a quote from one of the (uncredited) writers, Walter Bernstein, that stuck out to me. He has quite the interesting history. He was a war reporter during WWII who eventually found his way out to Hollywood and worked for Columbia Pictures before he was blacklisted in the ’50s.

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This quote comes from an interview he did with The Brooklyn Rail when asked what kinds of issues his students engage in while teaching writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts:

“What disturbs and distresses me is that the subject matter is so bad. They don’t want to write about anything personal… They don’t want to engage. It’s not that they should be writing political screenplays, but the subject matter should have some kind of relation to the world as it is.”

I’ll take that as… write from the heart. Write your story in a way no other person could.

Happy writing!


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