What Inspires Me

“True heroes, who cherish and protect the innocence of children and the wisdom and dignity of their elders. True heroes respect the gift of life, no matter how fragile or brief. True heroes treat a waiter, janitor, maid, sanitation worker, or the homeless with the same kindness and respect as a banker, lawyer, or producer, etc. My observations are of deeds, not mere words.

“Ethics are nothing but reverence for life. This is what gives me the fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, promoting, and enhancing life, and that destroying, injuring, and limiting life are evil.”

– Albert Schweitzer

D R E A M S are never destroyed by circumstances…

DREAMS are born in the heart and mind, and only there can they ever die. Because while the difficult takes time, the impossible sometimes takes a little longer.”

“There are two great days in a person’s life–the day they are born and the day they discover why.”

– William Barclay

Films:

The cliche still holds true, you can make a bad movie with a good screenplay, but you can’t make a good movie with a bad screenplay.

Favorites: Amazing Grace, Amistad, Apocalypto, Away We Go, A Walk to Remember, A Beautiful Mind, Blood Diamond, Blindside, Braveheart, Bridesmaids, Casanova, Charlie Wilson’s War, Chicago, Cinderella Man, Copying Beethoven, Count of Monte Cristo, Die Hard, Django Unchained, Dumb and Dumber, Elizabeth, Ever After, Four Feathers, Freedom Writers, Glory, Gone With The Wind, It’s a Wonderful Life, Kingdom of Heaven, Last Samurai, Les Miserables (with Liam Neeson), Life is Beautiful, Little Miss Sunshine, Lord of the Rings, Marie Antoinette, Moliere, Moulin Rouge, National Treasure II, Notebook, One Good Year, Schindler’s List, Secondhand Lions, Shawshank Redemption, Shrek, Something About Mary, The Aviator, The Elephant Man, The Holiday, The Patriot, The Sound of Music, Titanic, 16 Blocks, Walk the Line, White Chicks… 3:10 to Yuma and so many more.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Tips for Writers:

Create your own special milieu by setting the right mood…

One example: While writing Rebirth, I would often sit in my “French Room” and soon thereafter started collecting all things French (this explains the photos of my guest room). I would also listen to Renaissance music for inspiration. I played several sound tracks, including the Hunchback of Notre Dame, Ever After , Les Mis and Dangerous Beauty.

I also find inspirational music of all kinds, as well as fountains, waterfalls, and even a nice warm shower are all very powerful in increasing creativity.

Interestingly, research shows alpha waves are actually stimulated by running water and relaxation in particular. Alpha waves increase during any period of deep relaxation, such as meditation or the period just before sleep. Keep a notepad close by.

Alpha waves seem to “enhance” creativity and are the times when you feel most inspired with inventive ideas, innovative solutions, and often new ways of looking at the same old things.

Enjoy the process, always write from your heart and edit with your head later.

“All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, Wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, For they dream their dreams with open eyes, And make them come true.”

– D.H. Lawrence

A classic book on the subject: Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande. This book isn’t a manual on story structure, but a how to book designed to guide and nurture the inspiration and attitude of a writer. In essence, it’s a guide to training your subconscious so that you’ll become a better writer.

There is also quite a bit of ongoing research on writing and moods, including relief of depression, improvement of memory, and quicker retention and retrieval of information through music and writing. What writer or educator doesn’t already know that? :) I’m smiling.

Tips for Screenwriters: From: Euroscript.com.uk