“Whenever you think you’re writing what other people want to hear from you, and that it’ll be commercial, you’re doomed to disaster. Writing has to be as truthful and specific as we can make it. The minute we think that we’re reaching more people and pleasing them, we get general. And audiences sense that and turn away, shun us.”

“Write what you know.’ You can educate yourself, but the best writing usually comes from the heart.”

Terrence McNally, 1938-2020, playwright