Did Gene Fowler or his son say, "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead"?Have searched everywhere and would love to know the...

Did Gene Fowler or his son say, "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead"?

Have searched everywhere and would love to know the source of any answer

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

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I found the answer quite easily on Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, Gene Fowler, Sr. said it, I will post the link to the article, but if you think about it, it makes a lot of sense. Gene Fowler, Sr. was a journalist, author, and dramatist, whereas his son was an editor and director in the film industry. If this is the case, it would make more sense that the father would be the one discussing the art of writing. I really didn't know too much about either Gene Fowler, but I really enjoyed researching the answer to this question. Both seem to be humorous individuals, especially Gene Fowler, Sr. He is also quoted as saying, "The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from." I hope this helped you, and good luck!

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Gene Fowler, an American writer and journalist is the author of the quote "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead." –  Fowler was born in 1890 and passed away in 1960.  He was well known for his wit and sense of humor.  He wrote many books and plays and had the opportunity to interact with Hollywood’s film stars.  Another famous quote by Fowler is “"The best way to become a successful writer is to read good writing, remember it, and then forget where you remember it from."  His son Gene Fowler Jr., became a prominent screen editor and is remembered for fims such as Hang Em High, and It’s a Mad aMad Mad World.

 

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