Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Diablo Cody: Advice on the Creative Life

I've encountered fiction writers, musicians, filmmakers and other creative people who have lamented the intensity of the competition in their chosen fields of artistic endeavor.

So it's always great to come across inspiring advice offered by someone who has achieved success.

Here's what Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody says on the subject: "Don't ever agonize about the hordes of other writers who are ostensibly your competition. No one is capable of doing what you do. No one else can ever be you ... You were born with something that simply cannot be copied ..."

Cody's thoughts, courtesy of her introduction to the published screenplay of Juno, one of my favorite films of '07, are worth remembering.

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