It recently occurred to me that I haven't posted in a while. Well, REJOICE!!! I just saw Titanic 3D and now I have a lot of emotions. Just kidding. The movie was amazing, though. In fact, it got me thinking.
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I want to be a screenwriter. If you haven't, I want to be a screenwriter. There, we learn something new everyday. When I tell people this, they often laugh. I understand why they do. It's a seemingly impossible goal. After a person is done with his or her laughing fit, I'm often asked why I want to do this.
Watching a movie like Titanic only strengthens my desire to do this. I've been a moviegoer all my life, but I'm different than what people think I should be. Instead of watching several movies once or twice and analyzing them, I tend to watch a handful of movies over and over again, studying them, figuring out what I like and don't like. I look at the few I connect with to see why I connect with them, mostly because I want to do the same with my films.
For me, writing is about creating a story that helps a reader, listener, viewer, etc. understand the human condition. A story is not about special effects, historical accuracy, or suspense, but about people, emotion, and feeling. Whether a writer uses animals, inanimate objects, people, or anything else, it doesn't matter. If you can create a character that a person can cry, laugh, smile, frown, get angry, or sympathize with, you've won. That is what makes a good story. The more intensely and/or more often you can do that with a story or with a character, the more you understand people and the more they understand people. They may not like what they understand, but you've still done it. You have captivated an audience and maybe, just maybe, sparked a desire in them to be captivated again.
That is why I want to do what I want to do. That is why I am completely, madly in love with books, movies, TV, and even music. I believe by watching, reading, and listening to the things I love over and over again, I may be able to achieve the success I have just described. I want to make people feel something. I want to help them understand the people around them and I want them to understand themselves. Now I hope people understand a little more about me.