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Dear writers and readers of Drama, I am Octobersun and I will be your guest editor for today.
Why do they keep forcing those movies on us?
If you have been watching movies the past years, you may have noticed that every now and then, a movie comes out that focuses on the movie makers, the actors, or the script writers instead of telling a fiction story. Of course those movies are fiction to a degree. Because they have to keep up with pacing the movie to follow the three act narrative. At the same time, whether entirely fictional or "Based on true events" those films are taking the movie making process more serious than the story telling process.
Every now and then, such a story might be more of a dramatized documentary. One example would be the movie about Howard Hughes that came out in 2004. It was heavily dramatized to work as an entertaining movie, but there were some true nuggets in there. Other times, it feels more like a self-serving bit of story filled in by handsome actors to keep us emotionally involved in the movie making industry. Give us a glimpse. Humanize those screen gods and goddesses for a few minutes. A recent example would be La La Land.
As writers, we should come up with stories. Stories. A story can have a writer in it. But a story about the writing process? Really? Ask yourself who wants to know about the process?
Yes. I mean that. I am a writer, so I am interested in the writing process. I want to learn how to spin yarns for others to read and enjoy and find escape from normal life. Nobody wants to read about my struggle to write.
Stephen King achieved to make a story about a struggling writer into an appealing read. Misery. Well, we're not all Stephen King and Misery was appealing for other reasons besides being about a writer.
When you write a drama with a writer in it, don't take the writer too serious. The best writer takes a reader by the hand and leads them into a story where neither writer nor reader are visible. The reader is the fly on the wall. The writer provides the wall and something to read (look at.)
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