Do you need a little writing inspiration today? Check out 20 of our favorite screenwriting quotes!

20 Inspirational Screenwriting Quotes

  • "I think new writers are too worried it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you."
    - Asha Dornfest
  • "To make a great film, you need three things - the script, the script, and the script."
    - Alfred Hitchcock
  • "Ensure that your script is watertight. If it's not on the page, it will never magically appear on the screen." - Richard E. Grant
  • "A culture cannot evolve without storytelling. When a society repeatedly experiences glossy, hollowed-out, pseudo-stories, it degenerates. We need true satires and tragedies, dramas and comedies that shine a clean light into the dingy corners of the human psyche and society."
    - Robert McKee
  • "Don't give up. You're going to get kicked in the teeth. A lot. Learn to take a hit, then pick yourself up off the floor. Resilience is the true key to success." - Melissa Rosenberg
  • "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go."
    - T.S. Eliot
  • "You may not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page. You can't edit a blank page." - Jodi Picoult
  • "Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out." - Paul Thomas Anderson
  • "If you put someone in a room with no script to direct, they're just going to sit there. Writing scripts is the execution for a show. Then the director takes that and hires people. It's like trying to build a house without any bricks. You need a great script." - John Patrick Shanley
  • "Don't get it right. Get it written." - Art Arthur
  • "The best way to get an agent? Write a good script. If your first one isn't good enough, make it better. If it still isn't good enough, write a new one. Once you write a good script, the rest will work itself out." - John Swetnam
  • "Good dialogue illuminates what people are not saying." - Robert Towne
  • "Audiences are harder to please if you're just giving them effects, but they're easy to please if it's a good story." - Steven Spielberg
  • "A screenwriter's currency is a finished script. Not an outline, a take, a beat sheet, a rough draft. A finished script." - F. Scott Frazier
  • "Start writing, no matter what. The water doesn't flow until the faucet is turned on." 
    - Louis L'Amour
  • "Don't lose faith in what you are trying to do, even though you will get pummeled emotionally left and right. There are a lot of NOs to any YES. And that's OK." - Jennifer Lee
  • "The challenge of screenwriting is to say much in little and then take half of that little out and still preserve an effect of leisure and natural movement." - Raymond Chandler
  • "Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads." - Erica Jong
  • "Screenwriting is the most prized of all the cinematic arts. Actually, it isn't, but it should be."
    - Hugh Laurie
  • "A professional writer is an amateur who didn't give up." - Richard Bach

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