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“I remember getting one script, and the people said, ‘Okay, well, it needs some help with the plot, the pace, the characters and the dialogue.’ And I said, ‘What did you like about it, the typing?'”

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source: “John Sayles Interview,” The Star-Ledger (New Jersey), August 14, 2011.

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“You know that the very act of retyping will involve you in thirty or forty little improvements per page. If you don’t retype, you are denying that page those improvements.”

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source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. III (New York: Picador, 2008), 349.

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notes: Originally published in Issue 146 of The Paris Review, 1998. Interview conducted by Francesca Riviere.

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