For your screenplay to be any good you have to find a way of turning it into a life and death experience. It must become a necessity for life itself, like food, like shelter, like movement. For your screenplay to have any chance of being born and going out into the world and changing people, it must first of all challenge you, the writer, at your core. It must do so with all the power of its voice and voices. It must speak to you. And what it says must surprise, threaten, inspire and humble you all at the same time. For a screenplay to tell the story that is the reason for its existence in the first place, it must possess a worthiness that encourages those who come in contact with it to surrender to its emotional body. It must create a dance, a tango, that draws from an ancient, eternal music, a rhythm and closeness that is undeniable.
- Billy Marshall Stoneking