Quotes from Fran Lebowitz on Writing



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  • Quotes from Fran Lebowitz on Writing

    My wife and I have just started watching Scorsese's limited docu-series on Fran Lebowtiz. In the second episode, Fran tossed out some observations & opinions on artists; and in particular on writers. I thought it might be interesting, for the sake of discussion, for the community here to chime in with their feelings and take on her thoughts.

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    I came in here expecting Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Oops.

    Anyway, good post. All of that sounds right except her claim that talent isn't heritable. I think that it is to a point, though environment is also a major factor. I guess it's trickier to understand artistic talent than talent related to sports or singing or something.


    • #3
      This is excellent, Will. I may quote Lebowitz on the screenwriting board -- it supports a topic I think is important to discuss. The ability to assess good writing -- one's own and the work of others.
      Advice from writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick. "Try this: if you can replace your female character with a sexy lamp and the story still basically works, maybe you need another draft.-


      • #4
        Thanks for sharing, Will. Good Stuff. I still remain torn about "Talent" & "Art". Been trying to write something good (not great) for almost two decades now. Now in my early fifties and running out of runway, there've been many a times when I thought about throwing in the towel.

        I knew this person, Mark Desmond, a long time ago. Mark was a failed artist (commercially) and was in his mid-60's at that time. We were having a conversation about art and talent and how some people just don't have it. He told me his story that has stayed with me ever since:

        In the1970's, after being a struggling artist for a few years out of school, Mark Desmond was convinced that he doesn't have that artistic talent and decided to change careers. His girlfriend at that time, convinced him to go with her to Italy for a few weeks. There, he visited museums where early work of artists including, Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, was curated. Mark was appalled to see such mediocre work by those artists during their earlier years. He came back to the States and continued with his passion. After his trip from Italy, Mark was convinced that most of these artists created memorable work in their later years because they work on creating art every day for years, even if most of their work was crap.

        Here are a few things I firmly believe in (and what keeps me going):

        1. 99% artists have no talent. Not that's required for a sustainable commercial success. This is based on my personal experience and observations.
        2. Video posted by Brian is my bible.
        3. No one knows anything
        4. Luck (right time, right place) plays a pivotal sole in success.


        -- fallen