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Monday, October 1, 2012

On Required Reading (theatre folk especially)

"During our conversation, he hands down several tabletsful of similarly exacting commandments, about playwriting and life. Never work on anything you’re not enjoying; “otherwise it’s just typing.” Never criticize what you’re writing while you’re writing it. Live in the reality of what’s happening, not in your interpretation of it. Every time you write a play, write the first play anybody’s ever written. Don’t strategize your feelings; just feel. Don’t write to solve your problems; you won’t."

from 'How Edward Albee Is Still Redefining Himself, 50 Years After Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf'
[by Jesse Green, New York Magazine]

6 comments:

  1. inspiring quote. When I feel like writing, I just let it all flow out and don't worry about editing or anything until later. It really helps :)

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  2. Love this. I don't write plays specifically, but I do write for a living. I'm going to post this quote somewhere!

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    1. yay! love that it inspired you! if you've never read any of Albee's stuff, definitely add it to your list!

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  3. beautiful and simple and perfect.

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    1. couldn't have said it better myself :) xo

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