This weekend I had the pleasure of watching several amazing movies: X-Men First Class, Atonement, and the remake of True Grit. Wow, was that just what I needed. Although all three of these films are in very different genres, they all have one thing in common--great characterization that really makes you feel when you are watching the movie.
It's no secret that my greatest desire as a writer is to make people feel something, but sometimes it's hard to remember that when you have a million words swimming in the air and you're typing them as fast as you can to get the story nailed down. All three of these films made me take a step back and rethink my progress as a writer and what I want to be writing and why it matters to me.
Of course, in the case of True Grit, it was a rather different matter that struck me. My father was a huge John Wayne fan, and while there aren't a lot of westerns that I love, I do have a respect for the genre because of my dad and all the times John Wayne was on the television screen when I was growing up. As my father passed away in 2005, he won't have a chance to see this movie, so I guess I have to watch it several more times for him. In as much as I wish he could have seen this movie, I also wish he could have shared the path my life has taken as a writer. In a way, he does because most everything I write, I do hope that readers can see bits and pieces of the people I love showing through the words. If those people and things which inspire writers don't show through the work, then something is missing--something very, very important.