Quote of the Day: Do Not Write a Crock of Shit

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Yes, it’s David Mamet in a memo to the writers of the series The Unit … how could it be anyone else with all those shouty caps.

It’s an extract from Don Hall‘s blog, and the coda line is pure Hall.  Read the whole thing of course, and follow Don if you like a bit of crunch in your RSS feed.

HERE ARE THE DANGER SIGNALS. ANY TIME TWO CHARACTERS ARE TALKING ABOUT A THIRD, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT. ANY TIME ANY CHARACTER IS SAYING TO ANOTHER “AS YOU KNOW”, THAT IS, TELLING ANOTHER CHARACTER WHAT YOU, THE WRITER, NEED THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW, THE SCENE IS A CROCK OF SHIT. DO *NOT* WRITE A CROCK OF SHIT. WRITE A RIPPING THREE, FOUR, SEVEN MINUTE SCENE WHICH MOVES THE STORY ALONG, AND YOU CAN, VERY SOON, BUY A HOUSE IN BEL AIR *AND* HIRE SOMEONE TO LIVE THERE FOR YOU.

“For a neo-conservative shitweasel, the guy makes sense…”

Don Hall “An Angry White Guy in Chicago: Do Not Write a Crock of Shit