My hubby and I recently signed up for Netflix. I love knowing I’ll have something in the mail every couple days! Oh, and I love watching the movies, too, of course. While searching for movies to put in our queue, I came across some writing movies I’ve never seen: The Hours, Becoming Jane, Freedom Writers. This got me thinking of movies, whether about writing or not, that inspire me to scribble away whenever I watch them. The following five movies always tickle my muse:
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Shakespeare in Love (1998). Even Shakespeare struggled with writer’s block! One of my favorite scenes is when Shakespeare is complaining to the doctor how he cannot find words to write his next play. If only I could complain so poetically…! Then maybe people would want to listen, haha!
Dead Poets Society (1989). I don’t care for the melodramatic ending, but I love Mr. Keating’s unconventional leadership. I’ve had many great teachers, but no one with quite that much inspirational vision and encouragement. I suppose teachers like Mr. Keating are only in movies and books? Whenever I watch this, I’m reminded to “seize the day” and start making my dreams a reality no matter anyone else’s opinion. This is an appropriate movie to watch right now since it’s National Poetry Month!
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The Sandlot (1993). I want to write children’s books, and this movie inspires me to create characters with vitality, humor, and emotion like these amazing kids. How they interact with each other during their crazy summer adventures reminds me to always keep in touch with my inner child. (The Goonies is another great kid movie that inspires me in this way).
Two other movies about writers, Finding Neverland and Miss Potter, are really enjoyable. I’ve only seen them once, so they’re not clear in my memory. But I remember feeling inspired by the story. I love movies that show an author’s struggles to success!
“A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.” ~Orson Welles
“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.” ~Roger Ebert
Share with me!
What are your favorite writing movies? Which movies, whether about writing or not, inspire you to write? Do you wear any special accessories while writing like Jo March did? Have you ever had a teacher like Mr. Keating? Do you think Shakespeare really suffered from writer’s block?