And then there was the panel on “Stages of Playwriting” with panel members Marc Acito, Storm Large, and Cynthia Whitcomb.
- “The secret of comedy is surprise.” (Marc Acito)
- “All comedians are motivated by hostility.” (Marc Acito, noting comedians use expressions like “I killed them”, “I slayed them”, “I died out there tonight.”)
- “The closer you get to the truth, the funnier it is.” (Marc Acito)
- “A writer is someone who feels bad when they’re not writing.” (Cynthia Whitcomb, on the true definition of a writer.)
- “You can’t figure it out.” (Cynthia Whitcomb, noting that there’s no formula for producing a successful screenplay time after time—it’s an organic process between the audience and the performers.)
- “You can get brilliant gifts from your subconscious if you ask it to deliver for you.” (Cynthia Whitcomb)
- “You win some, you lose some, but you win some.” (Cynthia Whitcomb’s motto)
- “Failures become part of your fabric.” (Storm Large)
And finally, the last book talk I attended was Hope Edelman speaking on her latest book, The Possibility of Everything. I was, to put it mildly, a wee bit fatigued at this point, and initially put away my notebook and decided to just listen. But I absolutely had to pull it out again to jot down the bit where she said that she initially began the book as fiction, because she was wary of portraying herself as a “new age lemming.” Can lemmings be new age? Who knew?