My Top Five Favorite Movies About Writers That Make Me Want to Sit Down & Write

Writing is hard. And not just the process, but getting into the process. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing, instead of spending my Sundays writing and editing blogs or working on my new novel. There are video games to play, TV series that I’ve subscribed to on iTunes to catch up on, etc!

And, there are movies to watch.

Luckily, when it comes to watching movies, there are a number that I can pop in that make me want to sit down and start writing. Hit the blogs and the manuscript draft, schedule tweets and plan workshops. I’ve listed my top five below, and they sure are diverse, from Oscar winning dramadies to epic CGI disaster films.

There are a lot more movies out there about writers though. Have a favorite you think I should watch? Let me know in the comments.

2012: Okay, I know this is a horrible, horrible movie. But there are two reasons this film makes me happy, as a writer.

One. This movie came out on Blu-ray shortly after she-who-will-not-be-named and I broke up in January of last year. I was a devastated husk of a man. And when you’re depressed and upset, you want to see everyone else feeling the same damn way. In the movie 2012, the world ends. Massive tidal ways carry away cities, the ground splits open swallowing highways and cars… so if you’re in the mood to lash out, this flick feels good.

Everybody is miserable. Including the actors who made the poor choice to be in this movie.

Two. The main character (or at least one of them, it’s an ensemble cast), played by John Cusack, is a failed science fiction writer. His latest novel sold like, under 500 copies and he now works as a limo driver, hates his life, etc. Yet for some odd reason, an advisor to the President has read his book, meets him on a boat, and consequently, Cusack helps him save the whole human race.

If that’s not a kick in the ass to write, I don’t know what is. The message here? Sure, no one might buy your book, but hey, you might just save humanity. Writers FTW.

Adaptation: Sigh. I wish Nicolas Cage would go back to doing films like this. Remember when he was kind of awesome? In solid comedies and dramas like Leaving Las Vegas, Moonstruck, Raising Arizona, and Matchstick Men? Oh and his good action movies, like The Rock and Face/Off? Now we’re stuck with Ghost Rider and Drive Angry. Come on brah.

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Puerto Rico: Lots of Writing, Lots of Photos

Well, my trip to Puerto Rico was definitely an epic success, both creatively and personally. I relaxed, managed to not check my email every five seconds, got a ton of writing done, and had a lot of firsts.

Saw my first live hummingbird (which as a lot of you know, is a big deal for me), swam with manatees (what!), explored and hiked through a rain forest, saw bio luminescence up close and personal while kayaking… good times. I’ve uploaded all my favorite photos (and videos) to Flickr, so have a look. I also put my favorites below, showing off the highlights.

In terms of writing, well, when I left Philadelphia my new novel was just barely over 10k. Now I’m at over 30k, 100+ pages.

Crazy, right? It’s amazing what pulling yourself out of your element can do. Hoping to have a finished manuscript by the end of the year. Then, the agent search begins. Hooray.

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Taking a Writing Vacation, Not a Vacation From Writing

My bags are packed. The new netbook (not a crappy… whatever that monster laptop is pictured above) is loaded with my favorite music. It’s time to go.

As much as I like leaving work and heading straight to Rittenhouse Square to write, there are still an endless amount of distractions. Grabbing lemonade at Cosi. Playing with strangers’ puppies. People watching. Checking Facebook, Twitter, etc. on my iPhone. As for writing at home, I’ve got my Xbox, my Apple TV, the Internet, my freaking bunny… the distraction list is enormous, even if I use Freedom to turn off my Internet.

So starting tomorrow, I’m on a little writing vacation. No Internet and limited phone access for most of it. I’m off to Puerto Rico for a little under a week to sit in the sun and then to Boston to hang around various coffee shops. The plan? To finish banging out a rough manuscript I’ve been fiddling with all year. It’s a YA fantasy story that I’m really excited about. 50 pages in and the feedback I’ve received from friends (thank you Jess, Kishwer) has been fantastic. Time to make it happen. Read more

Press: Textual Healing in Jump Magazine

So I had another surprise press hit regarding Textual Healing this month. A nice little feature in the Philly music magazine JUMP. I actually met the founder and publisher of the publication at the Technically Philly / 215 / VitaminWater event last week. Nice fellah.

Written by Lauren Gordon, the article talks about how I met Peter Marinari, the local acoustic pop musician that wrote songs based off my book. We’d known of each other through mutual friends, but I’d yet to actually meet the guy or hear his music. It was the start of an epic bromance.

You can scope out the full article (as well as some very silly photos), here.