This week’s fourth quote comes from writer James Joyce:
The important thing is not what we write, but how we write, and in my opinion the modern writer must be an adventurer above all, willing to take every risk, and be prepared to founder in his effort if need be. In other words we must write dangerously: everything is inclined to flux and change nowadays and modern literature, to be valid, must express that flux. . . .
As I’ve been writing my current feature-length script, I’ve been struggling with convention versus personal innovation. I continually find myself defaulting to the way things are expected to be, rather than the way my gut wants them to be.
Default writing pains me. It’s the result of watching movies for many years. My greatest discipline as a writer in this stage of my career is to filter default convention more and more as I write, rather than go through with it to the end, resulting in trite, hackneyed fluff.
A big thanks to Sentence First for recently introducing me to Joyce’s words above…