"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser

Therapist Dennis Palumbo on the Writer’s Inner Life

Nicolas Cage in Adaptation

This is from an interview for Shrink Rap Radio:

Initially, when you start writing, or at least when I started writing, you think the reward is, wow! It’ll be so great to see my words on screen, to see my name on screen…

I think what happens over time when, because you’re a writer – especially once I became a screenwriter – you’re very powerless as a screenwriter.

And what happens – and it’s a subtle change, but I think it’s the one that most mature writers go through – is the gratification becomes personal… the process of writing becomes its own reward… you tell the story the way you want to tell the story, and then hope for the best…

The frustration, I think, boils down to the fact that I believe screenwriters are the most crucial aspect of a movie, and they’re the ones with the least power and the least control.

Continued in article Therapist to the Hollywood Stars.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

The writing has always been the end goal. Don't care about fame or fortune, nor watched anything I have ever written. Don't even own a TV and haven't been to a movie theatre in decades. I prefer ghostwriting over credits. Once a story is written, they are no longer mine. And whatever life they attain, they attain on their own. And tomorrow when I sit down in front of my computer screen - I will simply write another.