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Sunday, February 18, 2007


Someone To Believe

My wife and I love to go to movies. It's one of our fun weekend recreations. This weekend, we caught the new Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore romantic comedy called Music and Lyrics. Grant plays a washed up 80s pop music star named Alex Fletcher who is looking for his next hit. His life has spiraled downward until about his only course of action is to play small events for his group of aging fans. Then a new pop sensation Cora gives Alex the chance to write a new song for her next mega-hit album. Yet Cora does not make an exclusive offer. Alex is one of seven different songwriters competing for this single opportunity. Barrymore's character, Sophie Fisher enters into his home helping out her friend who waters plants. Alex sees something in Sophie that makes him believe she could be the lyricist that he needs to write the hit song. Through Alex's encouragement and persistence, the pair work together on a song. (Yes, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore really do sing during the movie.) I loved how Sophie clicked her ballpoint pen while she was trying to create her lyrics.

The longer I'm involved in publishing, the more I've found that every writer or a creative artist of any type needs someone to believe in them--and to spur them to greatness in their craft and work. In this movie, Alex Fletcher could see something in Sophie Fisher that she couldn’t see or even if she did see it, she discounted her talent. It's more than having a person who cheers you onward, it's a matter of the other person believing that you can do it--even if at first you don't believe it yourself. Some times it's a spouse and other times it's another writer or an editor or a literary agent who will perform this function. As an editor, I've often drawn these qualities out of others. In my life, my wife, Christine, provides me with the lion's share of this function. At times, some of my writer friends provide this belief for my life. I've seen it called different things but it's a talent to spot valuable skills in others then draw these skills into action. You want to have someone who believes you can get it done and provides verbal encouragement.

If you don't have this type of person in your life, can you take some steps today to begin looking for this person? I liked what Mike Hyatt said in his post about how to boost your energy--particularly his final point. If you have energy depleting people in your life, then you need to be aware of it and take steps not to let them drain your energy. And if you are looking for a great way to spend a few hours in the movie, I recommend Music and Lyrics.

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At 11:43 PM, Blogger Susan Left a note...

I saw this movie yesterday which is surprising. Usually we have to wait months for movies to get from the US to Aus. It was enjoyable.

Though it was interesting the way creative people were portrayed. That is, while one is in the midst of being creative you give up eating and sleeping!

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger Norman D Gutter Left a note...

Thank you for this post. Have not seen the movie and probably won't (we don't go to many). But I like what you say about having someone to spur you on toward your writing dreams.

 

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