“I’m not a very good writer, but I am an excellent rewriter.” -James Michener
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on the broken glass.” -Anton Chekhov (Quotes on board for today’s session)
The night prior, the class covered the John Jay vs. the College of Staten Island men’s basketball game. Some of the students found it interesting that the Staten Island coach, who lost by 22 points, looked and sounded completely drained during the press conference after the game, almost as though he played in the game himself.
“The best stuff often comes from the losing side,” Wayne Coffey said.
Coffey again stressed the necessity of observing as much as possible during the game and keeping your eye out for things that symbolize the action.
“You never know where the good little things will come from,” he said.
“A lot of times, the best material comes from the people who are least heard from.” Coffey said it could be the 10th man on the team or a trainer–people who do plenty of observing themselves.