I want to see characters that feel like real living people and plots that compel me to follow them to their conclusion. I want to see beautiful and evocative settings. I want to experience something new and novel. I want to see talent on display, and I want to see creators having fun.
I'm also partial to stories that tickle my brain and challenge my thinking. I like it when fantastical elements are still constrained by strict rules and limitations. I believe that limitations are more important than powers. I like it when protagonists are allowed to fail. On a fundamental level, I believe that good storytelling is all about making promises and fulfilling them, but sometimes promises can be fulfilled in unexpected ways.
"It’s better to make a few people really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy."
~ Paul Graham
"VNs, such as they are, don't actualize the immense potential of the medium. They don't come even close. In fact, even the top tenth percentile predicted by Sturgeon's Law are awfully bad when you compare them with other storytelling media."
~ Aura, lead writer of Katawa Shoujo
"Starting something doesn't automatically justify finishing it. If you are reading an article that sucks, put it down and don't pick it back up. If you go to a movie and it's worse than Matrix Revolutions, get the hell out of there before more neurons die. If you're full after half a plate of ribs, put the damn fork down and don't order dessert. More is not better, and stopping something is often 10 times better than finishing it."
~ Tim Ferris
"You may not want to hear it, but your critics are often the ones telling you they still love you and care about you, and want to make you better. "
~ Randy Pausch
"The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon."
~ Brandon Sanderson
"If you ever have a story where you should have said nothing, put it on paper, save it for later, you might be surprised."
~ Mike Birbiglia
"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
~ Calvin Coolidge
Fun media quotes:
"Special effects are just a tool, a means of telling a story. People have a tendency to confuse them as an end to themselves. A special effect without a story is a pretty boring thing."
~ George Lucas, 1983
"I may have gone too far in a few places."
~ George Lucas, 1999
"The technical advisers on Star Trek: The Next Generation constantly check the latest data compiled by NASA and other science institutions to ensure the technical accuracy of the series."
~ Leonard Nimoy
"A star will explode and threaten to destroy the galaxy."
~ Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek 2009 motion picture reboot
"Xbox isn't a gaming console. Xbox is a family entertainment center. It's a place to socialize. It's a place to watch TV."
~ Steve Ballmer, 2011
Dave Wolverton: If you're going to act like a professional, act like a professional and pay the professionals the professional rate for what they are doing. Every single artist that I know who works doing book covers has every publisher in the country it seems trying to pay them as little as humanly possible. I have always made sure that if I'm going to pay somebody, I'm going to pay them to do the job and do it well. My artists have always been surprised, like, "Wow, you gave me that much money?" Rather than, "Whoa, you didn't..." The norm for the industry is pay them as little as possible and then wait as long as possible until they're threatening a lawsuit before you actually pay them anything at all. Don't do that. God, have some respect for people. Howard Tayler: I pay Travis Walton to color Schlock Mercenary. I am pretty sure the page rate I'm paying him is probably about on the lines of the big publishers like Marvel and DC, but I'm also offering him a full 5% royalty on the books. Now understand, a 5% royalty on books is better than some first-time authors make on the book that they've created, and I'm offering him that just for coloring it. Why? Because I know that if I treat him like a professional, if I treat him like I value his work, if I treat him like I want him to have skin in the game, he will keep doing good work for me and we will be a team that will go out and conquer the world. Which is been my goal since 1998 [when I first started cartooning]."
~ Writing Excuses podcast, season 5 episode 28
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