So this week I dealt with a little bit of a creativity block. I’m editing a few scenes in my current work-in-progress manuscript, and I didn’t like what I wrote. It was really disheartening because I spent close to a week already on this one scene and wrote roughly 6 pages.
Now that I’m reading it to myself out loud, those 6 pages sound really cheesy. Have you ever done anything like this? Created something, worked on fine tuning it, and then come to realize that you just might have to start all over again? Because it’s such a mess.
Perhaps it’s better that I do start over. Fresh and on a clean slate. But I’m a pack rat with my writing. I don’t throw anything away, or should I say, I always back it up somewhere on my computer or drive, just in case. Particularly, just in case I decide I might want to use it elsewhere.
The main point of this rambling I’m going on about is, that during this creativity block, I manage to just get online and do some creativity soul searching. That’s when I discovered a TED talk by J.J Abrams. How cool is that.
On the brink of the new release of Star Wars with J.J Abrams at the helm as director, I knew that this would be awesome to watch Abrams talk about his Mystery Box. Listening to him speak in 2007, and realizing what would be happening to him in another month or so when Star Wars comes out is surreal. It’s really inspiring to see how far this man has come and to also realize he uses the same creative tools that any person can utilize. There’s really no hidden magic in it, but found within yourself.
I love how Abrams talks about the mystery in movie scenes. He shares a couple of them from Lost, JAWS, and mentions The Graduate. Emphasizing the best parts of a hit movie are not always the most famous scenes that every one remembers, but the scenes that really draw in some connection with the characters and what the true meaning of a movie is. The fact that E.T. wasn’t just a movie about an alien lost on Earth, trying to get back home, but also about divorce and relationships that are broken because of divorce and how a young boy tries to cope.
If you have a few minutes to spare, have a listen to J.J. Abrams TED talk and immerse yourself in his message. It inspired me to get back on my feet and create my own mystery box magic.
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