Monday, March 9, 2009

Getting Ideas From Movies

What's your favorite movie? What kinds of movies do you like to watch the most? Your choice in movies can tell you a lot about yourself and can help you with your writing.

My DVD Collection
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Pick one of your favorite movies and ask yourself the following questions. Write down the answers.
  • What draws you to this movie?
  • Which character(s) do you love? Hate? Why?
  • Is the setting beautiful?
  • Does the soundtrack put you in a mood? How would you describe it?
  • What don't you like about the movie?
  • Is there anything you would change about it?

Now think of a movie you hated and ask yourself the same questions.

When you analyze your reaction to a movie, you get a better sense of what your emotional triggers are. Take the movie you hated. Maybe you found that the reason you hated it was because you abhor violence, but maybe there was a character you empathized with. Could you write a new script for that character? Ideas can spring up even in movies we hate.

watched this week
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Let's get back to what kind of movies you like. Do you love mysteries? Romantic comedies? Heavy dramas? Period pieces? Thrillers? Consider writing a short story or book in the genre you're most drawn to. If you love mysteries, you'd probably be a fantastic mystery writer.

Join me on Wednesday when we'll do a bit of soul-searching to come up with ideas.


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