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Inspiration

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
I am doing a creative writing course.

I used to have loads of inspiration for my writing, and now that I need it all of a sudden I have total writers' block!

Does anyone else have this problem?

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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    oooh..I'm doing Professional Writing Skills this August, and YES! Writer's block is a freckin' toerag. I couldn't write this script, and ended up writing a shite one about lesbians..? :mad: I still passed for my Creative Writing Unit in my current course, but in my POV it was shite..so..don't force anything out, wait until it smacks you in the face and says.."Write like Wilde!" :D
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks!

    I am supposed to write a short story, but they never seem to actually come out short!!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Step away from it. Go relax watching t.v. or something. The topic will come to you.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeh I agree with 1983! When I am writing and i don't have any ideas in my head I usually leave it and come back to it. By the time I start again I have a vague idea of what I'm going to write. Most of the time, anyway!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by BumbleBee
    Thanks!

    I am supposed to write a short story, but they never seem to actually come out short!!

    Oooh, on what? :D
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by 1983
    Oooh, on what? :D
    Anything, which is the problem to be honest!

    It doesn't have to be written asap though, so I am going to think about it for a while. :)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I have to come up with some ideas for writing an essay but I don't have a clue what film and its companied book I should choose.

    I also think that your long stories maybe able to be put into several short stories.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by jacaranda
    I have to come up with some ideas for writing an essay but I don't have a clue what film and its companied book I should choose.
    The Beach, Sleepers, Railway Children, About A Boy, High Fidelity.... just a few ideas.

    Is this A-Level work? If so we did the same kinda thing in Eng Lit. I did The Beach.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Do American Psycho..I did an essay on him incase you want a wee swatch :p
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    this place has to be a goldmine of personalities and experiences across the board! i'd suggest reading thesite.org and weaving your imagination into it and hey presto ...a best seller. think about it.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    sorry people but so far I don't like your suggestions. I'm at uni there must be something I like that you like.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Emma? Wizard Of Oz? Er..Rules Of Attraction? Lord Of The Rings..OH! Dare I say..Harry PotteR? :p
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Harry Potter I have read the book, seen the film, the only thing is I have written about Harry Potter twice now already once at high school and the other at uni. Another essay on HP will drive me up the wall.

    I don't know any other films you are mentioning so I think I'd better stick to something I know does anyone think Romeo and Juliet is a good idea there should be lots of comparisons and differences between the film and book. Seriously do you think I should go for that?

    The only thing I don't want to do however is confuse Hamlet with Romeo!!!
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Re: Inspiration
    Originally posted by BumbleBee
    I am doing a creative writing course.

    I used to have loads of inspiration for my writing, and now that I need it all of a sudden I have total writers' block!

    Does anyone else have this problem?

    Yes. When I was about 15 I could write easily, but now I can't. :(
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Fight Club, A Clockwork Orange, Lord of the Flies, Charlotte Gray, 1984, Fever Pitch, The Hours.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The Romeo & Juliet... well if it's the Baz Luhrman movie you're going to write about, there may not actually be that much to write about because none of the lines from the original play are changed, just the context.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Alice in Wonderland!!! :D i love that movie. Never read the book though.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    sorry samuti I don't know any of the films you have suggested as for slayer I think that might be an interesting idea thanks
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Jacaranda - we're only trying to help you!

    You could sound a little more grateful that we are even taking the time to make suggestions.

    I also think the point of your work is to get you acquainted with a wide range of things, so don't just "stick to what you know" or you won't learn anything new. Take the time to watch some new films, read some new books etc.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I tend to get inspiration from things that have happened to me or my friends and family. Then take them one step further-" what might have happened if I had said yes/got on the bus (for example)"

    I like to think about things which have happened to me which have provoked strong emotions and reactions, that's when writing gets interesting. Not bland everyday stuff.

    I don't think you can genuinely write about things you haven't experienced, but I remember in my A Levels we learnt about a theorist called Stanislavski. He said that everyone had the "seeds of every emotion" inside them. For instance, very few people are murderers, but we have all felt that type of anger/hurt/blind rage at some point, to some extent, you need to recapture that feeling and take it one step further, that way your writing is unlimited.

    Others methods of inspiration: poems, the internet, go for a journey, music, drugs (maybe not recommended), a night out, LOOK at all the people and things going on around you, be nosy, listen in on peoples conversations on the bus, read lots of newspapers. It all helps.

    Keep a scrap book of anything you find interesting or inspirational.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Do American Psycho..it's CLASSIC!

    And so very grown up compared to Alice In Wonderland. :|
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I am wearing a wooly jumper from Topshop, stonewash jeans from Gap, and suede boots from Barrats. Descriptions such as these are consistently appearing in the majority of the chapters, we must be told of the appearance of the main character, "..linen suit with pleated trousers,a cotton shirt, a dotted silk tie, all by Valentino Couture.." in "American Psycho", author Bret Easton Ellis. This book proves to be the most controversial book I have read to date. After viewing the film, the visual aids proved the book would prove to be an overly interesting read. Using omnipresent narrative, we are taken into the disturbed and vainglorious world of mass murdering New York yuppie Patrick Bateman. Set in the decade of the early 90s, we are presented with Ellis' character Bateman, the epitome of male perfection with a pastime to strike back at society - with a bold act of murdering the young and beautiful, the rich and successful, or whoever just happens to annoy the crap out of him. This is a twisted expression of individuality, and rebellion from expectation. Patrick continually tries to alert his friends of his homicidal tendencies, however they disregard his yearnings and indulge in themselves. "My need to engage in homicidal behaviour on a massive scale cannot be, um, corrected." His girlfriend replies to his admission, "Patrick, if you're going to start in again why I should have breast implants, I'm leaving." Even admitting to a long, articulate admission of guilt on another character's answering machine is passed off as a joke, "Bateman killing Owen and the escort girl?! Oh that's bloody marvellous," forgetting the "joke" instantly.
    The book's central theme is the conflict between individuality and the demands of society. Appearance is all important in Patrick's world, the right suit or shoes make or break an individual. Patrick is dehumanised, there is only the cast of his shell that is alive. "There is an idea of Patrick Bateman, but no real me". Keeping the appearance of his shell is compulsary to Patrick. A whole chapter is dedicated to his facial routine as well as another chapter dedicated to his physical workouts. This again adds to the emptiness of Patrick's life. He cries sometimes at small random things, like missing his favourite TV chat show, "The Patty Winters Show" with themes as tossing dwarves, and home abortion kits, or .We are presented with little history of Patrick, besides of a few brief chats about his brother who "..rocks and rolls.." with it. There is also the brief lunch with his ex-girlfriend Bethany who he then horrifically tortures and eventually kills with a nailgun, and a pair of scissors. I don't think I could repeat what happened to her.


    Hah..the essay was longer, but my computer went a bit ghey.
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Yeah, I get writers block. The best advice I was given, and is certainly true for starting an article/essay/etc, is to just start writing. Doesn't matter how good or bad it is, just start writing.

    Mr_Wobble ;)
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    Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Originally posted by PussyKatty
    For instance, very few people are murderers, but we have all felt that type of anger/hurt/blind rage at some point, to some extent, you need to recapture that feeling and take it one step further, that way your writing is unlimited.
    Very true.

    Thanks for the advice. I used to keep a scrap book of random thoughts etc but it turned into a sort of diary. I think I actually got the idea from you Katy!
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