Friday Fun – Writing Like a God

Write, because this is how good it feels when you do… at least after the first paragraph of the day.

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Lee Daniels – Quote of the Day

“I believe in life that you know that everything prepares you for the next thing, whether it’s a hit whether it’s not a hit. Your failures are your accomplishments because it makes you prepared for whatever it is that you are going to do next.”

This quote is by a very wise man, Lee Daniels. Some of his most well known works are “Empire,” “The Paperboy,” and “Star.”

The only way to grow is to learn from your mistakes and your accomplishments. If you wrote a bad story, you can learn from it and do better next time. Same thing if you wrote a great story. Reflection and critique are key to becoming better at anything, especially writing. If you don’t reflect on your writing, or your life, maybe now would be a good time to start. It could really help in your writing process.

Martin McDonagh on Writing

Is it just me, or does Martin look a bit like a James Bond villain in this picture? I’m glad he uses his powers for writing great cinema instead of plotting evil ways to end the world. Martin McDonagh just won at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards for Best Written Screenplay. The winner was “Three Billboards.” He’s also well known for “Seven Psychopaths,” “In Bruges,” and “Six Shooter.” One thing I love about him is that he thinks rules are meant to be broken, and that’s why he believes his film has performed so well.

A few questions from the interview:

Where did this crazy idea originate?”

“I suppose you don’t subscribe to the Robert McKee school of storytelling, then?”

Is there something to the notion of taking an outsider’s look at something, that perhaps you can see the roots that are oblivious to people on the inside?”

If you’d like to see the full interview, you can find it here:

Deadline: Golden Globe Winner Martin McDonagh On ‘Three Billboards’, Strong Women, And Why Formulas Are “F–king Boring”

Billy Wilder – Quote of the Day

“If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.”

For this quote, I reached back to a classic writer, Billy Wilder. He’s most well known for “Some Like It Hot,” “Sunset Boulevard,” and “The Apartment.”

This is some quote offers some great advice. If you’re having a problem later on in your story, you might have to look back. It’s likely the foundation of the story hasn’t been set up properly. Outlining your story in detail can really help you avoid this problem in the first place. If you’re not the type that likes to outline or it didn’t help in this case, it may be time to rewrite part of Act 1. Don’t worry, just keep writing and you’ll have a solid story on your hands sooner than you know it.

Golden Globes 2018 Winners and Nominees

The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards aired over the weekend. It seems they only have a Best Written Screenplay category in Film, and not in Television. That’s an addition I’d like to see. Out of the nominees of Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture, Martin McDonagh won for writing “Three Billboards.” Other nominees were Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor for “The Shape of Water,” Greta Gerwig for “Lady Bird,” Liz Hannah and Josh Singer for “The Post,” and Aaron Sorkin for “Molly’s Game.”

Looks like I have some movies to watch! I haven’t seen anything, because of the craziness of the holidays. These all look like great nominees. I’ll be featuring them over the next month or so. If you’d like to see the rest of the nominees and winners in all other categories you can find them here:

75th Golden Globe Awards