Oliver Stone Gives An Incredibly Honest Speech About Writing

Submitted by: daegog 1 month ago in Entertainment


A good speech, but how many young writers will listen?

Toward the end of his acceptance speech for the Writers Guild Laurel Award for Screenwriting, Oliver Stone gave some nonpartisan, historical perspective on the Trump era and encouraged young writers to question their government.


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Male 341
You could have great scripts criticizing society, but you'd need money to actually make it into a movie and more money and influence to advertise and make it successful. Just like a honest, idealistic reporter would fail in corrupt media, so will a writer writing scripts no studio will produce. 
The good news is that internet allows artists' voice to be heard directly by the consumer through patreon without going through huge studios. 
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Male 5,476
It was an all right speech.  It included some reasons why i continue to speak about 9/11 and against corruption in high office without fear, while standing up to ridicule to turn it back on the ridiculer's of the truth.

But i think the most effective writing is that which teaches others of God's love.  A story that comes to mind which does this is Oscar Wilde's "The Happy Prince".  If you haven't read it yet, you really should (he actually has another story that teaches a similar thing, "The Selfish Giant".

I'd love to write a book.  I have an idea that i'd like to share here because it's such an undertaking that i am not sure i'd ever write it, so maybe someone reading might want to take it and run with it.  To get to the idea, have you ever read a passage of a story or a book that resonated so deeply within you that you had to pause, consider it, and re-read it a few times because it was so explosive and powerful, that you could feel it affecting you deeply in a positive way?  Almost providing you with a new insight or wisdom that you never knew before, that elated you, enabled you overcome a problem, find a peace, reveal an answer, or help you plot a new course in your life?  I have, many times.

With so many people suffering from many problems in the world, i would love to write or contribute to a open-source-book, which is filled with similar passages in a coherent manner of a story.  Yet, the aim of the book is so that by the time someone has finished it, their depression, sadness, dismay, confusion, fears, turmoil, or whatever needs to be deeply resolved within them is resolved from all of these uplifting and insightful passages.

I think that words can achieve this, but i don't know exactly how just yet.  Maybe you can or know someone who can?  Maybe it's already done in the Holy Bible?
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monkwarrior So, you'd like to write an uplifting self-help book... 
How many of these books have you read? 
"As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen 
"Psycho-cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz
"The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale 
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" by Dale Carnegie 
"The Secret" by Rhonda Byrne
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boredhuman Yeah the problem, i think, is that its 'one author', i think if it's going to be one author it needs to be a super genius.  It probably needs to be an open-source one with many.
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