12/2/09

The carrot and the stick!


The stick, the fear of failure and the reality that my new novel needs to be done a year ahead of schedule. The carrot...an endless supply of movies, courtesy of the SAG nomination committee. I am doing my best to write all day and then tell myself that I will be rewarded with a big fat movie and maybe even a glass of wine at the end of the day.

I love movies, love how they capture our imaginations and take us into worlds that we may otherwise never experience. So far I have watched, District 9 (so sad, great acting) The Lovely Bones (even sadder and beautifully done) and Education (what a lesson in storytelling...LOVED it and the performances were fabulous!) and last night I rewatched Julie and Julia, just to enjoy the wonder that is Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci and to live vicariously through their Parisian and New York lives.

We still have 20 more to go...and only 10 days left, and each day more arrive. It makes the writing hard to focus on, but it also reminds me that regardless of the medium, no matter how gorgeous the cinematography, or how talented the cast, if you don't have a good story, you don't have anything. And 3 of the 4 we have seen were all based on books!

And so back to the laptop I go, and I keep writing...

2 comments:

THE ACTORS DIET said...

OMG are you a member of the nominating committee?!?!? so lucky!!!

Sorell Says... said...

I know!!! Movie marathon time!!

 
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