7 films about female writers and authors

7 films about female writers and authors

I’ve seen a good handful of films about writers. Some, I’ve really enjoyed, like Misery (based on the Stephen King novel) and Adaptation (with Nicholas Cage portraying the real-life writer, Charlie Kaufman), The Ghost Writer (Ewan McGregor…rawr!) and Barton Fink (love the Coen brothers films). But I could only remember having seen two films about female writers.

So, I consulted the Google Oracle to see what I might have forgotten. Google failed me… or, perhaps, it’s popular culture that has failed all female authors. I looked at list-after-list — found over 100 films about authors and writers — and these are the only films I could find that focussed on ladies who write. Boo, Hollywood.

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9 books every aspiring author should read

9 books every aspiring author should read

If you’re looking for books to give you inspiration — not correct your grammar or give you a bunch of “you should” rules — these are some of my favourite, and some of the most highly praised, books to keep you motivated with your own book-writing.

The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
Becoming a Writer, Dorothea Brandt
Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
On Writing, Stephen King
Save the Cat, Blake Snyder
Write Within Yourself, William Kenower
Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg
The War of Art, Steven Pressfield
Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury

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4 TED Talks every aspiring author should watch

4 TED Talks every aspiring author should watch

If you’ve watched all of the Revved Up Authors video conversations and crave more words of wisdom from women who’ve driven the highway to publication, maybe a TED Talk is in order. They’re pretty good :). Here are four that have struck and stuck with me — in a fully wonderful way.

Success, failure, and the drive to keep creating by Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear)

The power of introverts by Susan Cain (author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking)

Where does creativity hide? by Amy Tan (author of The Valley of Amazement)

My year of saying yes to everything by Shonda Rhimes (author of Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person)

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