“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”
“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” -Vincent Van Gogh
“No two persons ever read the same book.” -Edmund Wilson
Yay we made it though another week! Only 13 more weeks in the semester! So although college required texts have backed up my reading list into forever, I’m going to talk a bit about a film I recently saw (it’s fiction and related to books, you can’t tell me anything).
Alright! Midnight in Paris. Most of you have probably either seen it or heard of it, but of course being Woody Allen, it was an independent film. I’ll keep spoilers to a minimum, but fantastic cast and story follows an aspiring author who wishes that he lived in the romanticized era of the 1920’s. He then enters a world where his wish is a reality, however, the truly great parts of the film are all the historical figures, such as Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dali, Gertrude Stein, and so many more. Truthfully, watch it and be amazed.
“Artists are people driven by the tension between the desire to communicate and the desire to hide.” -D.W. Winnicott
So I know that a lot of writers seem to have some difficulty writing realistic characters, especially 12-27 year old females. From now on, this post is going to become your Bible of everything you need to make your character real, interesting, and make sure you are not making them the fabled Mary Sue (google if you don’t know what that means). This right here is going to be a fantasmic list of resources that you will wish you knew a long time ago.
How to write empowering female characters (This one is really great)
Red Flags for female characters written by men (Also really helpful)
After you consult these resources, you can rest assured that your female character isn’t a stereotype or a trope. Well, at least they are less than they would have been!
“One day your life will flash before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching.” -Gerard Way
Tomorrow is a new month! Isn’t that great? So, I see that some of you have really been enjoying Music Mondays, and so here is of course another playlist you should try on for size! Right here!
I love this one because it is specializing in mostly instrumental waltzes, with a few more familiar tunes. Once again, if you’re writing a more emotional, dramatic scene, this is the perfect background to help you get those words flowing. Or of course, I wouldn’t judge you if wanted to dance to this playlist instead of writing (although I wouldn’t suggest you give in to the urge). So go on and Phantom of The Opera yourself up! Play this to write, edit, relax to, or even just at work. Classical as a style is captured perfectly in this selection of songs. Enjoy the week!
So, since this semester just started, I haven’t gotten any time to read anything new, but I’ll talk about something a little older. Here we are. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. If you haven’t read it, PLEASE DOOOOOO! I won’t spoil much here, but the film was also fantastic. It’s the kind of book that will stay with you for days, leaving you feeling an indescribable emptiness. I stay with the belief that Children’s and Young Adult books aren’t pointless. Quiet the opposite in fact, so many fantastic books are categorized as YA because of the age of the main character. Of course, you may have to dig through a few hundred Twilight knockoffs, but in the end, YA can really help you add in that element your characters have been missing. So the book…. go read it…. and the film has David Thewlis (Remus Lupin) and who doesn’t legit love David Thewlis. It’s a very easy, short read, but powerful beyond words.