I try as hard as I can to not do the writing, to let the character do the writing. And what I mean by that is that for a long time you’ll be imposing your own will or maybe your own ideas on something that you love to do. Perhaps you think, “I’d love to do a car chase,” you know. So you can create some cockamamie story, you know, to get this character into a car chase but inevitably, hopefully, the character will just sort of like talk back at you and say, “I don’t want to be in this car chase. I never would’ve made a choice to begin with that would’ve gotten me into this car chase.” So hopefully you’re getting into a state of kind of autohypnosis, where the characters are kind of doing, making choices, and things are happening to them that can eventually formulate a story.
Paul Thomas Anderson

I try as hard as I can to not do the writing, to let the character do the writing. And what I mean by that is that for a long time you’ll be imposing your own will or maybe your own ideas on something that you love to do. Perhaps you think, “I’d love to do a car chase,” you know. So you can create some cockamamie story, you know, to get this character into a car chase but inevitably, hopefully, the character will just sort of like talk back at you and say, “I don’t want to be in this car chase. I never would’ve made a choice to begin with that would’ve gotten me into this car chase.” So hopefully you’re getting into a state of kind of autohypnosis, where the characters are kind of doing, making choices, and things are happening to them that can eventually formulate a story.

Paul Thomas Anderson

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