I can’t imagine anything worse than being required to have fun. ― Scott Westerfeld
Has a particular song or movie ever inspired you to write awesome content?
Allow me to demonstrate: when I watch the Harry Potter movies, I feel totally happy. For two reasons: one, because it’s Harry Potter. Two, because by the time the credits start rolling and I have tears in my eyes, I also have a lot of fiction story material oozing out of my brains. So, you could say that Harry Potter acts as a bezoar to my writers-block-poisoned mind.
Mind you, most of the fiction story ideas revolve around a hot hero, and a sickly, yet intelligent girl who needs help from a tiny spectacled midget. A.k.a.: fan fiction.
Jokes apart, I really enjoy watching movies because it inspires me to write new content. Sometimes the content is somewhat related to the plot of the movie, and sometimes not. (Fun fact: Movies inspire me to write because I rarely watch them.)
If that fun fact is true, then music should certainly NOT be the reason why I’m inspired to write. Because I listen to music everyday, 10 hours a day minimum. I listen to music while travelling, studying, and specially when I’m writing the first draft of a post. (Fun fact: I can associate music with surroundings. I can remember the first time I heard a song and where I heard it, and what exactly I was thinking when I heard it, so I guess that is what inspires me to write. Maybe it’s the subconscious’s way of reminding of beautiful times I’ve spent listening to a particularly good song for the first time.)
While I still haven’t figured out why music helps me write well, I have learnt a few tips from movie-watching. Here are three tips to help you get inspired while watching a movie!
- Identify with a theme: Think about your favourite movie. What is the story about? Is it a romantic movie, with oodles of chocolates and kisses? Is it a horror movie, with cupboards full of skeletons? Is it a family movie, with ribbons and balloons and laughter? Write a fiction story based on the theme of your favourite movie, after watching that movie. Use your imagination and don’t be tied down with the thoughts and dialogues in the movie you have just watched. Stick to the same genre, but use your imagination.
- Identify with a character: Think about a character that you love. Not from the favourite movie, preferably. Why do you love this character? What is his/her best trait? What is his/her worst trait? Do see yourself in the character, or do you wish to be like this character? Write down a character sketch of the same character. Pretend that you are interviewing the character. Imagine what his/her answers would be. (Mind you, don’t get confused with the character and the actor playing the character.) Use this information as a jumping board to create a new character. This new character could either be a hero, villain, friend, relative or a romantic interest. (Make sure not to get influenced by the other characters who are related to your favourite character. Create something new!)
- Observe someone from the audience: This is the best option, if you are watching the movie in a theatre (Pirated-movie peeps, please continue with the above two tips). Observe the people sitting around you. Are they interested in the movie? Why do you think they are interested in the movie? If you were them, would you cry at the end of the movie? Why? (Warning: Please don’t act like a stalker, or you’ll have a problem on your hands.) Observing people will give you a lot of new ideas to work on, plus the movie will inspire you in many ways!
Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.
Here’s a special question for you to answer today: Which is your favourite movie / Who is your favourite character? Have you ever been inspired to write a post after watching a movie?