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#Writers & #Movies


I wrote a post featuring Movies about Writers back in 2016—it included 12 films. #Writers and #Movies

There’s a more recent post in The Independent Publishing Magazine called, Seven Films About Writers That Will Motivate You.

So…

19 movies about writers…

In one of my past posts, I said:

“…the legendary director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola, said he preferred being inspired by reading short stories rather than movie scripts.”

I’ve also said:

“As a writer, I think watching movies is an excellent way to absorb the craft of storytelling. Even though the approaches differ in certain critical ways, you can ‘translate’ between them.”

So…

Movies about writers and movies for writers…

How about a few videos for writers?

Just go to Aerogramme Writers’ Studio and check out their post, 13 Inspirational TED Talks for Writers.

I’ve included at least four of those videos in past posts; and, I drop one in here for the folks who just hate taking links out from blog posts :-)

Enjoy this talk about storytelling freed from politics, from the author, Elif Shafak :

(very sorry if you have to watch an ad before the video :-( or, heaven forbid, even after the video…)


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Movies about Writers


The last movie I watched about a writer was Howl, the story of the legal battle over Allen Ginsberg‘s famous poem.

Movies about Writers

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As a writer, I think watching movies is an excellent way to absorb the craft of storytelling.

Even though the approaches differ in certain critical ways, you can “translate” between them.

In fact, the legendary director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola, said he preferred being inspired by reading short stories rather than movie scripts.

I found a copy of the Portland Press Herald with an article called Fraught with Peril: Making a Movie about Writers and Writing.

It focuses on a recent movie called Genius about Thomas Wolfe but also spotlights 10 other Writer-Movies.

I’ll list the movies here and leave it to you to check out the article for short blurbs about each (plus, a longer look at Genius…):

THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA (1937)

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)

THE FRONT (1976)

MY BRILLIANT CAREER (1979)

CROSS CREEK (1983)

BARTON FINK (1991)

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (1998)

WONDER BOYS (2000)

ADAPTATION (2002)

THE HOURS (2002)

If you’ve watched any of these, I hope you’ll leave a comment with your short (or, long) review :-)
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A Few Videos To Help Spark Your Creativity


Regular readers might remember the posts I’ve done that explain the trials and pain I’ve had, discovering how to incorporate social media into my writing life—3 years of what I have to call Tribulation—“…from Latin tribulare ‘press, oppress’, from tribulum ‘threshing board (constructed of sharp points)’, based on terere ‘rub’.

For the past few months, I’ve found Google Plus worth my while—sometimes frustrating but usually accountably valuable.

One particular value is finding links to other blog posts and articles that I can feature here.

A number of people linked to a TED curation called Carlton Cuse: 6 talks that help me create.

Mr. Cuse is a screenwriter and producer, probably best known for his U.S. TV series Lost.

As a writer, I not only combine pleasure and work when watching movies (and, “good” TV), I quite often remember Francis Ford Coppola saying, “As I grow older, I realise that I always wanted to be a writer.”

It’s even been said he prefers, when considering movies to make, to read a short story rather than a screenplay

So, whether you’re a writer or not, the following six videos can all, in creatively different ways, fire your creativity.

I’ve had the first one here before but it’s so damned good it deserves another viewing :-)


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Cleaning Out The Closet . . .


Regular readers know I use a number of sources for possible blog posts—I even use myself on the Friday Behind The Scenes posts :-)

I gather possibilities without deciding if they’ll actually turn into a post—some I just can’t figure out how to use, though I still think they’re worth reading

So, here come some links to articles I haven’t got around to featuring (Enjoy):

Library of Congress acts as America’s hard drive

American Zoetrope and The Virtual Studio

De-Privatizing Poetry

Synesthesia and the Poetry of Numbers: Autistic Savant Daniel Tammet on Literature, Math, and Empathy, by Way of Borges

Faith in Fiction

Better Than Fall Back: The Small Press Option

Amazon is not a miracle cure for obscurity

Amazon Divides And Conquers

If you read some of those, it would really help me if you’d let me know what you think in the Comments :-)
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