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 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 read. I discovered magic, stepped into new worlds, and met extraordinary people all thanks to reading, which is probably why my unpublished series is set in an unknown world and all the characters are extraordinary individuals.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 aids me much more than reading a book, especially since I write stories with a lot of action.

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 on novels 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.

So, go ahead and watch a movie, but this is research, so while you’re 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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