If you're one of those people who, like myself, find it difficult to follow the title of the post, have I got a movie for you.
It's not fair, that only in recent years have my writing skills become apparent, because had it happened earlier, I would have seen this movie earlier.
All of us here are writers, and good ones at that. We probably had some inspiration to write at some point or other, and just like that, our journeys began. This movie has given me pause on how I write, why I write, who I'm writing for and if I'm writing "properly."
This movie was reminiscent of Good Will Hunting, and after the movie, I discovered that not only was it the same director, but he was criticized by reviewers because of its similarity to the movie. Replace a math genius with a writing prodigy, change the scenery and voilà, Finding Forrester.
It was phenomenal. The trailer had me more excited about seeing the movie more so than any trailer I've ever seen.
I won't get into the details of the acting or any of that, but the storyline and specific lines by Forrester (Sean Connery), blew me away. Here are a few:
"No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think."
"Writers write things to give readers something to read."
"Why is it the words we write for ourselves...are always so much better than the words we write for others?"
This one I'm not sure about, but it's food for thought: "The object of a question is to obtain information that matters only to us."
As a writer, I'm constantly looking for inspiration for what to write about. But of course, there comes the question of how to write it. The content of the post usually speaks to me and asks to be written with a certain style of writing. Some sing poetry, some beg to be written informally, and others demand formality.
Do words "speak" to you? Do they insist on being written? Do they keep you awake at night, percolating in your head?
The answers to the questions are all yes for me. I don't think I could stop writing if I tried. I have drafts upon drafts and ideas upon ideas, waiting to be polished, finished, or written. But until I jot down at least a few words, they reside in my head, banging on my brain, demanding to be written.
Even when I didn't have the time write full-blown posts, I was scribbling (literally- my handwriting is atrocious) down thoughts. I can't not.
Anyway, I loved this movie, and if you ever get around to watching it or already have watched it, let me know what you thought.
PS. Don't watch movies.