Friday, April 27, 2012

Movies As Writing Inspiration

When I was little, I hated reading. I had a hard time with it and was reading in a lower level than the other kids were in my class. Then when I was in sixth grade, I found that legendary rusty screw (Catching A Spark) and started writing.

My passion for writing led to my passion for reading. The more I wrote (and I wrote every day), the more I started to read. I discovered magic, stepped into new worlds, and met extraordinary people all thanks to reading, which is probably why my series is set in an unknown world and all the characters are extraordinary individuals.

Maybe you like to write but don’t like to read. That’s just fine! You don’t have to be a fan of books to write an exceptional one. I find that watching movies actually aids me much more than reading a book -especially since I write thrillers with a lot of action.

Movies that I like to watch for inspiration.
Photo by Chrys Fey

Are you writing a romance novel? Watch some of your favorite romance movies. For historical romance, you could watch Gone with the Wind. For a paranormal romance, you could watch Beauty and the Beast. For western-romance, you could watch the Hallmark “Love Saga” movies. For modern romances, you could watch popular movies based upon novels like The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks.

Are you writing a horror novel? Go ahead and watch the movie that gave birth to all the slasher films: Halloween directed by Dave Carpenter, or watch movies from the Horror King, Stephen King.

When I was writing my first book, I watched UltraViolet over and over again to aide me with writing fight scenes. Gothika really helped me to write a large part of my second book. For my third book, I watched Resident Evil: Extinction and Resident Evil: Afterlife for ideas on “the end of the world”, and I actually took notes! Now for my fourth book, I might end up watching movies like Tears of the Sun, Troy, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So go ahead and watch a movie, but this is research so while your munching on popcorn, don’t forget to jot down some notes and ideas that may pop into your head.

QUESTION: What movie(s) are you going to watch to help you write your book?

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