“A writer is someone who has taught his mind to misbehave.”
I collect various quotes about writing, but none are truer than this one from Oscar Wilde. You just poke your imagination into places and situations that most rational people wouldn’t — and then you keep on poking with a kind of devilish zeal until you have a screenplay. Or a novel. Or stage play. Or whatever form it may take.
It’s kind of magical, really. It’s also a lot more complicated than I’m letting on, and I could talk for hours about all the practical and maddening nuances of writing. But then I might open myself up to overthinking the process and ruin the magic. So I won’t.
Anyway, some of you have been asking to see the screenplays that underly my movies. I’ve added a slew of work under the “Scripts” link. Some scripts have either my rewrite notes or my directing notes sprinkled throughout. And the “G.I. JANE” screenplay contains Ridley Scott’s thoughts and doodles. He’s famous for his script doodles.