Look and think before opening the shutter. The heart and mind are the true lens of the camera.
Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . .
Words are a lens to focus one's mind.
There is a kind of magicness about going far away and then coming back all changed.
I think the 50mm lens is an extremely good discipline lens; it requires you to see in a more refined way, not just tighter.
We see the world through the lens of all our experiences; that is a fundamental part of the human condition.
Times have changed; so must the lenses through which we see the political future.
When I started on 'Saturday Night Live,' I had the choice of wearing contact lenses, which I had never worn before, or glasses, in order to be able to read the cue cards.
We [people] spend so much time feeling so small and less than and insignificant and diminished because we see ourselves through our own lens.
There is an ancient legend which warns that, should we ever learn our true origin, our universe will instantly be destroyed.
A writer writes. Period. No matter if someone is buying your work or not.
I hate the crazy, neurotic characters beyond a certain point.
I think there's something inherently dishonest in trying to go back and mess with the past.
I try to find what makes even the worst, most despicable character sympathetic at his or her core.
You can read a dozen different textbooks or how-to manuals that will tell you the basic rules of what makes a story - a beginning, a middle, and an end.
I'm a neurotic New York Jew by birth. Creating characters is second nature to me.
I've never sat down and thought about the difference between plot and theme. To me, that's never been important.
If a story isn't working, I'm simply unable to finish it. That's what usually tells me something is wrong.
I've always thought of myself as an organic writer, rather than a cerebral one. I feel my way along as I go, hoping I'll get to the place I intend to reach.
People who were more concerned with themselves and looking good to their readers then they were with the characters sacrificed a series for the sake of a story.
When someone writes to tell me something I've written made them laugh or cry, I've done my job and done it well. The rest is all semantics.
What makes a story is how well it manages to connect with the reader, the visceral effect it has.
The bottom line always remains the same: What is the basic humanity of the character? How do I make them resonate with the reader?
Lord of the Rings, I think, is far and away the most brilliantly done stuff.
I realized the only thing I owed my audience was my own judgment and my own best effort.
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