Thanks to the generosity of many major corporations (Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, and General Mills – I’m looking at you!), the hubs and I have seen over a dozen movies for free [movie passes – love ’em!]. While I enjoyed The Blind Side, When in Rome, and How to Train Your Dragon, nothing really excited me until recently.
It’s no secret that I’ve struggled the last few weeks with my fiction writing (and by struggled I mean that I haven’t written anything). Writing isn’t a problem – I do that every week for the newspapers. Creating, however, isn’t happening. My heart doesn’t want to go back to my first two manuscripts, but I can’t get my brain to start formulating new plots/characters/settings.
With all of this “free time”, my husband and I have been enjoying some time together in one of our favorite places – the movie theater. There’s just something about sticky linoleum, uncomfortable arm rests, and seat shaking surround sound that tickles my senses.
The Losers. Prince of Persia. Robin Hood. Are you noticing the theme?
I don’t know why it so appeals to me, but if there’s shooting, chasing, punching, and kicking, I want to see it. I need to see it. I’m practically salivating as I think about this weekend (A-Team, I’ve been waiting for you!). If there really is a “muse” in my life, then it is, without a doubt, the action/adventure flick (with a side of romance). I don’t care if it’s sci-fi, historical, or video game inspired – follow a good fight scene with a quick kissing scene and I’m yours!
I’ve also discovered a fabulous side effect of these crazy movies. They make me want to write again, which is interesting since I write women’s fiction and romance, but I don’t care! Maybe it’s the adrenaline. Maybe it’s the music (hello – Iron Man 2 soundtrack). Whatever it is, it’s working. I’m definitely ready to start creating (right after I review some conference notes and finish reading another book on writing – there’s no use starting if I’m doing it wrong, right?).
What about you? Do you find inspiration in any unlikely places?