Sunday, May 28, 2006

What I learned from the movie BATMAN BEGINS

And how it applies to writing.

1) If you want something bad enough, you’ll climb mountains for it. (If you wish to be published, don’t expect it to be easy. Plan to improve on your weaknesses and exploit your strengths.)

2) You have to hit rock bottom before you can look up. (Rejections of all different types can push you down, but they can help you appreciate the successes.)

3) Be prepared to change course. Be flexible. (Though you have THAT certain publishing house or special editor in mind, keep your eyes open for other opportunities.)

4) Have plenty of back up. (Keep writing. Build up your library and, at the same time, improve on your experience.)

5) It doesn’t matter what others think. It’s more important what you think of yourself. (This is the hardest lesson of all, but we need to believe in ourselves. Believe in yourself and your writing.)

6) When we fall, we must learn to pick ourselves up. (Again, rejection can knock you down, but keep writing. An editor cannot publish a book you haven’t written. No one can write your book for you.)

7) You can’t do it alone. (Surround yourself with supportive people. Join a RWA chapter and be active.)

8) Even regular looking guys look good in black leather. (No explanation needed. See picture.)

What's some of your movie/tv wisdom?


Kelley St. John said...

GREAT advice! Never give up; never surrender! (more great advice from Tim Allen in Galaxy Quest)

And I agree -- what guy doesn't look good in black leather? Wait a minute. Memory is coming back. Thinking about a recent road trip. Some guys should never wear black leather. ;)


Deborah Matthews said...

Well, it's not a movie or tv, but Tiger Woods once said "You get out of it what you put into it." Which is good advice for writers.

Working writers can't wait for the muse to strike. You have to insert butt into chair and write, and sometimes it's better than you originally think. The more you write the better you get. And if you don't write and send those babies out, they won't ever get published.

You never know what gem you will pick up by networking with other writers.

Christy said...

Wonderful blog, Carla. And so very true.

If you want something badly enough, you have to do what it takes to get it. That means hard word, persistence, iron willed determination and believing in your dreams.

And I gotta go along with Kelley on this -- there are some men who should NEVER wear black leather!

Christy said...

Oops! Looks like I need to hire a proof reader for my blog comments! I meant hard work! But heaven knows, sometimes the word is hard too!

Dixie Belle said...

Batman Begins is one of my favorite movies! I saw it in the theater and my son bought the DVD for me for Christmas. Of course, he doesn't know I drool over Christian Bale. I even watched A New World because of him. Well, I actually skipped scenes until his part at the end1 LOL!