The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about, is almost always best left out.
More Quotes from Irwin Shaw:An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment he inflicts upon himself.
If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
You must avoid giving hostages to fortune, like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house, and a style of living that never lets you aford the time to take the chance to write what you wish.
I imagine that my characters have become much more complicated than when I first began, which would be normal.
In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
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I write a lot, and very often I write a couple of lines that are particularly revealing in some kind of way. And then as a few more lines get added and a piece gets added, eventually the song pretty much takes over and you can't really find a way to change those things.
Adam Sandler is truly brilliant. He plays these goofy characters, but he is a brilliant fellow.
We've always been the development project that lived in a time pressured setting and always where commercial entities were relying heavily on releases in a certain time frame.