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Monday, March 12, 2007


Nurture Your Own Creativity

"There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story," says Miss Beatrix Potter in the film Miss Potter. The film is based on the life of the bestselling children's author of all time (according to the movie credits), Beatrix Potter, who wrote and illustrated beautiful stories about Peter Rabbit.

Miss Potter shows how much Beatrix Potter's immediate family misunderstood the artist and storyteller. She was more interested in marrying for love instead of for social class or because she had reached a certain age. I was fascinated with this film and how it showed the creative process. As a young artist, Miss Potter was determined to get her book published and took her illustrations in person to various publishers in London. Finally she found someone who wanted to publish her stories. Her parents continued to treat her as a young unmarried woman living at home--yet outside of the family her fame and popularity skyrocketed in an innocent way.

The breathless scenery is enough reason to see Miss Potter but the acting and story will touch your heart. Renee Zellweger plays Beatrix Potter and I loved this story and what it reveals about the mixture of art and creativity and writing in a real life setting. Not everyone understands the writing life but the creator of this film did so and captured it well. Because of the innocence and simplicity of this story, the film has been modestly received. For example, in this part of Arizona, Miss Potter is showing at a single theater known mostly for artistic types of films. It may be hard for you to find but it's worth your efforts to track it down.

As writers, each of us have to find different ways to nurture your own creativity. Maybe it will be watching a good movie or reading a good book or having a unique experience. Find ways to engage in this process.

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3 Comment:

At 10:04 AM, Blogger C.J. Darlington Left a note...

I was also captured by this story, and I hope to see it soon, if not in the theater then on DVD. For anyone who's interested, the trailer can be viewed here:

 
At 6:53 PM, Blogger relevantgirl Left a note...

Thanks for the movie recommendation. I finally viewed Stranger than Fiction and enjoyed it.

 
At 8:09 AM, Blogger Serenity Now! Left a note...

That's so important. I know that sometimes when I'm sitting down and trying to be creative I wonder why it's so hard. Probably because between the kids and the housework and all my other responsibilities I haven't taken any time to recharge. I'll take time today.

 

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