Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Week At The Movies - Which Title Describes You?

I’m salivating thinking about what I’ve got planned for us this week. It’s movie week. As you know I love to read but did you also know I thoroughly enjoy watching movies too? Because of this you and I are going to go on a little adventure this week, our own Yellow Brick Road…

Call it movie mania, rich as cinnamon cinema; call it what you will but we are bound to have fun while we spend the next week


Today’s Question:

Which movie title best describes your writing style (or living style if you aren’t a writer)? Why?
I’ll provide you with some examples and then my answer.

Too Fast Too Furious: Are you at the computer racing through pages and words in attempt to get your thoughts on paper as fast as possible? Are you known for not being able to slow down?

You’ve Got Mail: Are you easily distracted? You have every intention to get 1000 words written by the end of the day but there’s blogging and email and Facebook and well, there just wasn’t enough time.

Love Story: Are you in love with your characters? Do you live life feeling a deep and impacting love for those you come across? Is LOVE really all you need? I imagine some of you romance writers out there will answer with this one.

Gone with the Wind: A fantastic and original thought knocks on the door of your brain and just as quickly as you hear it and try to get it all on paper, it disappears like a next-door-neighbor playing a cruel game of ding dong ditch. Do you think of great plot lines and characters only to have them leave you pining after them?

Big: You are an epic writer. You dream big. You talk big. To quote a line from Madagascar 2, “Girl, you HUGE.” This can also be a writer who uses big words; the ones no one understands because of a great desire to prove you are brilliant.

Lord of the Rings: No matter how hard you try, you end up writing characters that represent you and your spouse. They have the same spats, kiss the same way and they even have the same idiosyncratic quirks. Art imitates life for you.

Star Wars: You are in sci-fi land all the way. Your head is in the stars. You dream of distant planets. This so isn’t me so I’m not even sure how to describe this one much more.

Braveheart: You have a mission. You see clearly what it is and you know you are a “William Wallace” of words. Your writing is both inspirational and life-changing. You live to lead others to where they need to be. It takes bravery; it takes courage and just a wee bit of blue Smurf-colored face paint.

The Sting: You just aren’t feeling it. You’ve wanted to write since you were a kid. You love the idea of writing. You love the idea of making someone specific in your life happy or proud of you. But a sting is a sting and you know what you know…you write more as a job. You live more for others.

One Flew over the Coo-coo’s Nest: You risk all. You could care less about what others think. Willing to bare all, be all and lose all (including your mind) you throw it all into your writing and in the meantime you sometimes lose your readers along the way because you are so engrossed in your own brain matter.

Miss Congeniality: You are polite. You follow ALL of the rules. You want praise. You long to win awards and your greatest desire is publication. You have goals in life and you will meet them, doing so in a dignified manner.

Terms of Endearment: It’s all about the words and the emotion for you, baby. You choose your words with the care of a mother monkey removing flees from its newborn’s head (sometimes I get a little carried away, forgive me). Really though, words mean everything to you and if you are making someone feel something at the end of the day, well then, you’ve done your job.

My answer:

It’s a Wonderful Life: Every day I sit in front of the computer I end up talking to God, thanking Him that I get to do this writing thing. I’m intent not to let a day go by without thanking Him for the privilege it is to express myself through my words. If a life changes because of it, then I’m all the more blessed knowing I’m living in His will. After all: It IS a Wonderful Life!

Which title describes you?

photo by flickr


  1. Wow, Wendy, you put a lot of thought into this! My goal is to be a Braveheart. But I see myself in a lot of the other titles too. Indecisive as always.

  2. Wendy, what a neat post! I love that you chose It's a Wonderful Life. I'd like to be a Braveheart, but I see a lot of Too Fast and Furious and Love Story in me. I love the romance and once I get an idea I just keep going and going. I just can't get these stories out fast enough!

  3. Wendy, this is my first visit to your blog! I loved this post!! I will have to think more on those but I lean toward Too Fast and Furious with a little of Gone with the Wind. ARG! I love personality quizes and this takes the cake. Fabulous!!!

  4. I'm absolutely with you on It's a Wonderful Life...I thank God every day that I have the opportunity to be at home with my babies, and am able to "do this writing thing".

    I think I'm a cross-breed writer. I identify with Terms of Endearment, my emotions play a huge part in my writing - if I'm feeling it, it will most certainly find it's way into my story (the metaphor cracked me up). However, I also identified with You've Got Mail. Too many distractions (though my distractions are more of the human variety - ages 4 and 2), which leads me to be the Fast and Furious writer...trying to fit it all in before the next distraction :)

    Great post!

  5. Great post! I love it!! I would say I am "You've got mail" because my intentions are to write everyday, besides on blogs, but the other things distract me and before I know it, it is the end of the day.

  6. Are we supposed to pick a movie as well? I pick Shenendoah. A quiet place, removed from the hustle and bustle of traffic, set in a natural setting with the beauty of creation all around. That describes what I like, what I long for, and what fuels my thoughts to write or speak. Good exercise!

  7. I'm sort of somewhere inbetween Terms of Endearment and You've Got Mail. LOL!

  8. Haha I LOVE this idea! I think I am more of a "As Good as it Gets" type - I just write it and try not to edit it. Not a great way to be, but I never want to take the time to make it better. That's something I'm working on though!

  9. I'm definitely Love Story and Braveheart combined. I'm passionate but live for drama! I think my stories reflect both of those elements.

  10. I'd probably be Terms of Endearment -- what a fun idea this is!

  11. I love this! But Wendy, I think if I'm to be honest, I'm a little of several.

  12. Very nice list!

    Personally, I'm a Terms of Endearment. I want the words (not just the story) to live and breathe. There can be so much beauty in word choice and sentence structure.

  13. Definitely You've Got Mail!! I am WAY too distracted. Great stuff - fun post. I'm a little It's a Wonderful Life too. Always amazed God would bless me with this gift.

  14. Mine is definitely, you've got mail. I've been meaning to send out a query for months now. It keeps getting pushed back. I'm going to have to get on the ball!

    Love your blog!

  15. Eileen, I liked the Braveheart one too. Oh and about the taking a lot of thought I'd say, "This old thing, just pulled it out of my mental closet and put it on." :D

    Cindy, I can be Too Fast Too Furious...when the thoughts are coming there is just no stopping 'em sometimes.

    Chel (Abiding Branch...one of my favorite titles as of yet), I can't stand those Gone with the Wind moments. Something in me tells me if they are good enough they'll come back, but I don't know if that is just me trying to make myself feel better.

    Beth, I liked how your answers linked and connected one to each other. Funny, I have those same type of distractions...but mine are 7, 5 and 2. :D

    Ana V., the blogs get me every time lately...there are just so many creative ones out there.

    Warren, I'm glad you stopped by and you know, I forgot to write feel free to come up with your own and I really liked your answer...peaceful!

    Jennifer, I live somewhere around there often as well.

    Juliet, excellent! I love that title you came up with!

    Jody, I thought there might be a little Love Story in you. I like how it combines w/ Braveheart...now that would make an interesting movie!

    Tess, I cry every time at that movie.

    Janna, if I'm to be honest, I think I'm all but Star Wars on any given day. :D

    Danyelle, so much beauty in word choice. I love reading how different authors master this with integrity and giftedness.

    Katie, I peg you for It's a Wonderful Life and what a coinkidink...I've been known to get mail too!

    Christian Mommy, your blog is great. I stopped in and want to pop back over soon. If its polished send it! I say GO FOR IT!

    Thank you all for playing. Stay tuned for a new question tomorrow!

    With Hope,
    ~ Wendy

  16. thanks for visiting my blog today!

    i woudl say - "stranger than fiction" :)

  17. What a great post!

    I aspire to be a Braveheart. I pour all I am into my writing. The facepaint is a smile that's pure and genuine. And my cause for my God's glory says, "No retreat in battle."

  18. Of the titles you mentioned, I definitely think your write-up of "Braveheart" fits my writing style. I love your choice of a "It's a Wonderful Life"...it truly is!

  19. Just dropped by from SITS and I love this. I'll have to ponder it for awhile to see what I think my title would be!


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