Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Vin Diesel makes an unlikely muse
My inspiration - if it could be called that - for taking writing seriously is a rather amusing one. I'd written some books as a kid that never got past the first chapter. What got me to try taking writing a bit more seriously was, of all things, watching The Fast and the Furious when it came out. This movie did for technical accuracy what Ed Wood Jr. did for continuity editing. I laughed at quite a few scenes that were supposed to be serious.
The plot and characterization were equally bad. I know what you're thinking - what guy criticizes a car movie because of those? Traditionally, a car movie can get away with characters who have as much depth as a piece of sheet metal. But they still need to do things for believable reasons. It just wouldn't do, for example, to have Sheriff Buford T. Justice suddenly deliver the keynote address at an NAACP conference without a very compelling explanation as to how he'd changed his ways enough to get an invitation (Remember, "Who's the sheriff here, boy?"). The ending of The Fast and the Furious left me completely puzzled as to why Paul Walker took the actions he did - no real forshadowing, no explanation, no nothing. I left the theater thinking, "I could write a better car movie script than that!"
So I tried.
And wound up with something long and unfinished, and now most of its gags are hopelessly out of date. But once I'd opened that valve, I couldn't get it closed. I started writing some other things - first a book on car mods (now on its second draft) and now a fantasy novel, plus this blog and some articles I've pitched to various magazines. It's addictive.
Up next is Organized Chaos.
Here's a list of all participating blogs:
Just a Small Town Girl
A View From the Waterfront
Mad Scientist Matt
At Home, Writing
Writing From Within
Pass the Torch
Fireflies in the Cloud
Sounds of Serenity
Kappa no He
Of Chapters and Reels
Curiouser and curiouser
The Road Less Traveled
previous comment deleted, because his intial with the above statement just read wrong LOL
Have you voted for Vin as your Lovemark yet?
I've read and watched stuff that made me think I could do better too - it's a great motivator, isn't it? :)
The movie that touched me deeply is 'The Man from Elysian Fields'.
P.S. I stopped by from AW
So for me, in a way, really really bad published novels were my inspiration. :)
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