The Stories and Sketches Creative Tag

Hello, everyone!

I hope that you all are having a fantastic weekend. Today, I am very excited to be doing a creative tag created by my friend Elizabeth Anne of Stories and Sketches. This looks like a lot of fun, so let’s jump right into it! =)

What is a Creative Tag?

Elizabeth Anne explains it best: “A creative tag is a blog post, in which the author asks a list of questions about creativity, and ‘tags’ a group of people, who then answer the questions on their blog.”

The Questions…

  • What is your favorite way to create? 
  • What is your favorite quote about creativity?
  • How do you overcome “creative block”?
  • What inspires you to create?

My Answers…

What is your favorite way to create?

My favorite way to create is through words. Specifically, I like to use the mediums of poetry and prose (fiction and nonfiction) to create with words. Check out the “My Stories” tab at the top of my blog to learn more about some of my stories! 🙂

What is your favorite quote about creativity?

I have so many quotes about creativity (specifically writing) that I love. Here’s just one of them:

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

-William Wordsworth, English romantic poet

I like this quote because I believe that it applies not only to writing, but to all creative disciplines. ❤

How do you overcome “creative block”?

I’m really bad at this sometimes, but I overcome creative block by finding more inspiration or pushing through it. In my opinion, the best ways to overcome creative block are to create and see what happens, to get more inspiration, or to take a brief break.

What inspires you to create?

Many different things inspire me to create. Here is a list of some of them:

  • A cause or issue that I feel passionate about raising awareness for or resolving.
  • Other forms of art, such as paintings, songs, pictures, or other stories or poems!
  • Places that I have visited.
  • Stories that people tell me.
  • …And, many, many other things!

I Tag…

Hanna @ Taking My Time

Penny Wood @ Jane Austen’s Lightsaber

YOU! I would love for all of you other creatives to take advantage of this tag. ❤

What inspires you to create?

10 Quotes That Will Inspire You to Write

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: Writing is hard.

Sometimes, we need a little bit of inspiration and encouragement to keep on going. That’s why I’ve compiled 10 quotes that will inspire you to write. May these words of wisdom inspire and encourage you to write you heart out. ❤

You fail only if you stop writing. -Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451

You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page. -Jodi Piccoult

There are no writing police. This is your story, no one else’s. Tell it like you want to. -Rachel Aaron

Best advice on writing I’ve ever received: Finish. -Peter Mayle

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. -Anne Lamott

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it. -Toni Morrison

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. -William Wordsworth, English romantic poet

I don’t really write with an audience in mind. I write for myself and hope someone else likes to read it. -Jillian Medoff

My six words of advice to writers are: “Read, read, read, write, write, write.” -Ernest J. Gaines

I write because I cannot not write. -Charlotte Brontë, author of Jane Eyre

Bonus Quote: The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new. -William Makepeace Thackeray, author of Vanity Fair

All quotes taken from The Truth About Writing.

What is a quote that inspires you to write?

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7 Movies About Writers That Writers and Bookworms Will Love

Who doesn’t love a good movie?

I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love a good movie! One of my favorite things about movies is finding similarities in the characters and myself. I absolutely love when a main character is a writer. It makes the stories much more relatable. I’m sure that some of you also enjoy finding writers in movies. That’s why I’ve created a list of seven movies about writers that both writers and bookworms will love.

The Help

My Rating: Five Books out of Five

In 1960s Mississippi, aspiring writer Skeeter begins a book project chronicling the experiences and stories of “the help.”

The Help is a movie that at times made me laugh, at times made me cry, and at times made me think about things that I never would have thought about before. The stories that these amazing women, or the “help,” share with Skeeter are heartbreaking. But their stories, though they were told in the 1960s, still resonate as deeply today.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

My Rating: Five Potato Peel Pies out of Five

When author Juliet Ashton begins to exchange letters with a man named Dawsey Adams, she feels compelled to visit the island of Guernsey to write about the story of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. But the stories she discovers on Guernsey change her life.

Once this film came out on Netflix, I couldn’t wait to watch it! After all, some of my favorite Downton Abbey actors are in this movie, and it’s about a WRITER. I was not disappointed in the least. And yes, I will continue to re-watch and scream over this movie and it will never, ever get old. Now to read the book…

Finding Forrester

My Rating: Four and a Half Notebooks out of Five

A reclusive novelist befriends a brilliant student-athlete named Jamal.

Finding Forrester is a story that I wish I could claim I wrote. It’s an inspiring and moving story about the friendship of a reclusive once-famous novelist, William Forrester, and a brilliant student-athlete named Jamal with a knack for writing. It is amazing to see how words can bring people together, no matter what.

Letters to Juliet

My Rating: Four Love Letters out of Five

An aspiring writer visits Verona, Italy, with her fiancé and embarks on an adventure to help another woman find her long lost love.

This romantic comedy might just possibly be my sister’s favorite movie. I’ve seen it multiple times, and I have to say, it still remains funny, enjoyable, and sigh-worthy.

Dead Poets Society

My Rating: Four Poems out of Five

An eccentric English teacher encourages his students to “seize the day” and pursue their dreams, which leads them to restart a secret literary club called the “Dead Poets Society.”

Dead Poets Society is a story that tells how words can bring hope, community, and healing to people. Be warned: You might need a box or two of tissues.

Finding Neverland

My Rating: Three and a Half Lost Boys out of Five

J.M. Barrie is inspired to write a play about children who don’t want to grow up after meeting the Llewelyn Davies family.

I’m going to be honest… I haven’t seen this movie in forever. This charming biopic tells the bittersweet true story of J.M. Barrie and his friendship with the Llewelyn Davies family and how that relationship leads him to write Peter Pan’s story.

Becoming Jane

My Rating: Four First Drafts out of Five

Jane Austen falls in love with Tom Lefory, a penniless apprentice lawyer, despite the fact that her family is pressing her to marry the rich Mr. Wisley.

I absolutely love historical romance, be it in book or movie form. When my mom and I discovered a historical romance about one of our favorite authors, Jane Austen, on Netflix, we knew that we had to watch it. I really liked the hate-to-love romance in this movie, as well as the snippets of Jane writing Pride and Prejudice.

Have you seen any of these movies? Do you know of any other movies about writers?

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