• What...Taught Me About Writing,  Writing

    What Truly, Madly, Deeply Taught Me About Writing

    I haven’t done one of these posts in a while, but they’re a lot of fun, so I thought I’d share what Truly, Madly, Deeply has taught me about writing. Now, this is an odd post because I’m not sure how many people are familiar with this film. But if you haven’t seen it, you should. I’ve heard it called the British equivalent to Ghost…I can understand the comparison, though in my opinion this movie is about a thousand times better! A quick summary without giving away the whole story (Spoiler alert-sort of): Nina (played by Juliet Stevenson) is a widow. Her husband, Jamie (played by Alan Rickman), has died,…

  • What...Taught Me About Writing,  Writing

    What The Muppets Taught Me About Writing

    It’s amazing where you can find inspiration. Here are some of the things I’ve learned from those lovable, zany puppets. Give your Characters Personality One of the discussions that comes up between me and my husband from time to time is “who is your favourite Muppet?” And this is a difficult thing to answer, although in the end I always settle on Gonzo as my favourite. For most of my life I’ve loved Gonzo. I always identified with his being different, and I absolutely loved that he was cool with being “weird”, because I never thought weird was bad and I always happily labelled myself as such. Now as an…

  • What...Taught Me About Writing,  Writing

    What Terminator 2 Taught Me About Writing

    So, a little different from my post on Labyrinth, but hey! When inspiration strikes… Oh, by the way, major spoilers here, so if you haven’t seen this movie, and want to, I suggest you don’t read on! 1. You don’t always have to tell your audience everything – In this scene in Terminator 2, Arnold has come back, and we don’t yet know what his deal is. In fact, we may believe he is still evil, as he was in the original Terminator. This scene doesn’t give us an answer, either. This clip got cut off from the one I really wanted to show, but later in the scene we…

  • Film,  What...Taught Me About Writing,  Writing

    What Labyrinth Has Taught Me About Writing

    The other week I was watching Labyrinth, a great Jim Henson movie from the 80s starring the wonderfully odd David Bowie. And there is a line in that film that stuck in my head after we watched it. I kept thinking about it, and realized it related to writing well. So then I started looking at what other quotes the Labyrinth has, and decided to do a “what…taught me about writing” post. Enjoy, =) *Disclaimer: The wording for these quotes (with the exception of the last one) came from IMDB. So if there are any slight changes from film to word, that is why.*Disclaimer 2: Images all from labyrinthfilm.com The…