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Emotional Autobiography (2.0)

Tennessee Williams Quote.pngGreat post by Scott W. Smith over at Screenwriting from Iowa and Other Unlikely Places. Can we truly writing from any other place but our own experiences? I don’t mean the same circumstances but the experience of our emotional journeys to find self. There we pull so much wealth. Pull the pain, the joy and mostly the confusion of what and who we are.

Screenwriting from Iowa

“My work is emotionally autobiographical. It has no relationship to the actual events of my life, but it reflects the emotional currents of my life. I try to work every day, because you have no refuge but writing. When you’re going through a period of unhappiness, a broken love affair, the death of someone you love, or some other disorder in your life, then you have no refuge but writing.”
Tennessee Williams

I found the above quote this week and knew it was the missing piece to a post I wrote a few years ago on emotional autobiography;

“Tennessee Williams observed, even works of demonstrable fiction or fantasy remain emotionally autobiographical.”
David Bayles & Ted Orland
Art & Fear

“Principle  1: Whenever writers sit down before blank paper or glowing green (or amber) phosphor, their personal story is all they can write.”
Richard Walter
The Whole Picture

In Richard Walter’s…

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Quote: Time and Writing #1 (Achievable Goals)

One of the most inspiring quotes I’ve heard in a while related to writing-time continuum.

Screenwriting from Iowa

“When I first started to write novels while running a magazine, I told myself that I would only write for 15 minutes a day. I knew that working for a short amount of time was an achievable goal, and I managed to get 10 books written just this way.”
Kate White
Former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine
Quoted in Real Simple magazine/ January 2013
page 49

P.S. On a similar note author/speaker Tim Ferris (The Four-Hour Workweek) says his goal is to just write, “Two crappy pages a day.”

Scott W. Smith

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Quote: Motivations #2

MP900316894[1]I was wrong. I’ll admit it. Don’t pressure me, man! 

Remember that post of mine from ages ago when I talked about things like art and truth? You know the one: back when I was young, foolish—impetuous. Oh, that was just last week? Last week? If you haven’t read it, do so now: Can Good Stories Be More Than Entertainment?

This quote is good. Serious good. (Does this woman always have the best quotes, or what? Ah, yeah. She’s on Hallmark cards, of course.)

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ― Maya Angelou

While not wrong, I felt rebuked…slightly. The quote made me think again my motivations. (Who am I kidding: I’m always thinking of my motivations.) Pulling art, writing, or whatever from the well of love always produces the best result.

From love.

For love.

In love.

Why do you write? Do it for love.

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Quote: Motivations

Prisoner Holding Cigarette Between BarsWhy do you write? What are you motivations? If you’re doing it for the money, get out now, please.

“Don’t get into this business if it’s about trying to make a million-dollar sale. We’ve got plenty of assholes around trying to achieve that goal. There are more dilettantes in the game than real, committed, I’m-gonna-go-down-swinging kinda people. We need more of the latter and less of the former. We need people who care about this as an art form. Movies should count for more than an opening-weekend gross, because whatever had a huge gross this week, will they be talking about it in fifty years? Will it be credit to the art form, the way we talk about Casablanca (1942)?” – Screenwriter, Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile)

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Movie Review: Julie & Julia

Let’s admit something immediately: Julie and Julia looks like a chick flick. And it is, really. Written and directed by Nora Ephron, it has to be one, no doubting your senses or the credits. Even so, Mr. Eclectic liked it.

 Okay, maybe that’s an easy one for me since I grew up with a mother who happened to be a Child-ophile (nothing to do with pedophilia, I might strongly add), owned just about every Julia Child cookbook published, and watched Child’s cooking show religiously. My formative years included watching Julia for what seemed like every day on our local PBS station. (Somehow, I found Julia Child’s unique timbre oddly engaging—more so than Mr. Rogers, that’s for sure.)

If this movie does anything for you, it should at least get you to write in a blog…or cook. Or maybe not. Unless you no longer have a pulse that others can detect, it should inspire you to pursue once again that deep passion hidden within you. Sounds sappy, I know. But, crap, if a silly movie can help me write, dang gum it, I’ll gladly watch it. There’s a remote chance a Child-induced passion for cooking may take over my current child-induced apathy for cooking, but I still have my doubts. Gorton’s fishsticks are easier—and more appreciated—in my household than beef bourguignon.

Did I say I liked this movie? While it’s another Nora Ephron all-we-women-have-this-special-bond-with-each-other-that-men-just-don’t-get film and a film about cooking, it thankfully (and fairly) takes us beyond that to treat us to how the passion of two people can positively affect so many others. Many times passion–and the ambition that goes along with it–can really make things suck, but if you stick with that passion long enough, things might just fall into place because you’ve been able to bring others along with you in that passion. For Julie and Julia–the title characters–it was their passion for cooking and writing (specifically, sharing their passion through writing) that brought success. Was success their goal? I don’t think so. It was their need to do SOMETHING with the fire that burned within them. That fire was the passion for cooking.

Speaking of passion: You’ve got to love butter!

Electric Eclectic

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