David O. Russell Has Some Good Advice for Young Writers

“There’s nothing like being in debt to make you work. My best work came since I’ve been in debt. The thing about being humbled or stumbling or being in debt is that it makes you cut out the nonsense and just get to it, Jack. Just tell your story. Don’t be precious about it. Make it count. Make it emotional. And mean it. Really mean it. Don’t get too cerebral about it. Don’t think about it too much. Those are all the traps for me.”

– Writer/director David O. Russell, an expert on telling people what to do, giving advice to aspiring writers in The LA Times.

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