I know, weird huh, considering I mostly post goofy stuff. Well don’t fret my loyal readers. There is some whimsy in this post as well. J
What is it about writers and authors that is so intriguing? We’re just normal average every day people who happen to tell tales. We get up every morning, dress (okay, not always), eat, work, and breathe. Yet people are always fascinated by us. I will admit it feels damn good. I always love when someone finds out I’m an author. They smile and get this awestruck look in their eyes. Then the questions come out. What do you write? Where do you get your ideas from? You must have to have a vivid imagination. And for that moment, while they stare at you as if you’re the biggest celebrity they’ve ever seen, you feel high. What a great feeling.
I’m always fascinated by the way authors are portrayed in movies. We’re portrayed as lazy, sloppy, and sometimes insane. Stephen King loves to write his authors as being weird, obsessive and crazy. Ever see The Shinning? Great movie. Loved Jack Nicholson. He plays crazy like no one else. Never read the book, but the movie scared the living poop out of me.
1408 was another great by him. John Cusack was perfect in this role. He played an author who debunks paranormal occurrences. Love the movie, love how John portrays the reclusive author who lost his only child and is divorced. Before he starts working, he sets out one cigarette.
Another favourite of mine is the Secret Window with Johnny Depp. Normally Depp plays strong characters, handsome characters (okay not always. Edward Scissor hands) But in this movie, he is a down and out slob. He’s a writer with…shall we say, problems. I love how he sleeps, eats, and writes in this old ratty robe, his hair an absolute mess.
But my all time favourite writer related story has to be the Simpson Tree House of Horror, The Shining. Shocked? Have you read my whimsical posts? I’m weird. LOL I absolutely love this clip. It is my all time favourite Simpson Halloween episode ever. Check it out.
But in reality, now all writers are stark raving mad. Okay, sure, we have our quirks, some stranger than others, but for the most part, we’re normal people. Am I right? I need to have music playing. Dance or pop. That’s it. See, I’m not SO weird. LOL Okay, sure, when I was writing the Darkness series I wrote it in the dark. I had to get into the frame of mind to see what it was like to live in a world without sun. But still, not so weird.
Any authors who care to share their story are welcome. Is there something you have to have, have to do in order to write that next great story?