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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20 Writing Prompts From Poems and Songs

Who’s ready for some more writing prompts?

I know that I am! 🙂 I find so much inspiration in poetry and music. I’d love to share some of that inspiration with all of my fellow writers in the form of writing prompts! Without further ado, here are 20 writing prompts from poetry and music.

Writing Prompts From Poems

  1. 1. “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” -“Not in Vain” by Emily Dickinson
  2. “It takes a heap o’ living’ in a house t’ make it home.” -“Home” by Edgar A. Guest
  3. “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” -“Sea Fever” by John Masefield
  4. “It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts, But only, how did you die?” -“How Did You Die?” by Edward Vance Cooke
  5. “Faint not – fight on! To-morrow comes the song.” -“Be Strong” by Maltbie Davenport Babcock
  6. “Remember me when I am gone away.” -“Remember” by Christina Rossetti
  7. “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.” -“The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” by Edward Lear
  8. “Nevermore…” -“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
  9. “There in the twilight cold and gray, lifeless, but beautiful, he lay. And from the sky, serene and far, a voice fell like a falling star, ‘Excelsior!'” -“Excelsior” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  10. “It was not death, for I stood up.” -“It Was Not Death, For I Stood Up” bu Emily Dickinson

Writing Prompts From Music

  1. “Life’s a fickle game we play.” -“Fickle Game,” Amber Run
  2. “Love has no limits.” -“Love Has No Limits,” Fleurie
  3. “She ran away in her sleep and dreamed of paradise.” -“Paradise,” Coldplay
  4. “I wanna know how it feels to hang pictures on a wall… I want reasons to stay.” -“Pictures on a Wall,” Ira Wolf
  5. “Words mean more at night, light means more.” -“Words,” Gregory Alan Isakov
  6. “I wanna leave everything that hurts, never go back to the way we were.” -“Bridges Burn,” NEEDTOBREATHE
  7. “Our song is not a dying dream.” -“Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold,” The Lone Bellow
  8. “Don’t get too close; it’s dark inside. It’s where my demons hide.” -“Demons,” Imagine Dragons
  9. “How long do you want to be loved? Is forever enough?” -“Lullaby,” Dixie Chicks
  10. “Been here all along, so why can’t you see? You belong with me.” -“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

Which of these prompts is your favorite?

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20 Writing Prompts That Will Unleash the Story Inside of You

Hey everyone! Long time, no post, am I right? =) I’m so excited to start posting again here on Notebooks and Novels. I have some fun things planned for the coming weeks that I think you all will enjoy, but in the meantime, here are twenty writing prompts that will unleash the story inside of you. These are prompts taken from my notebook and some songs that I’ve been listening to and loving lately. Enjoy, and happy writing! =)

Writing Prompts From My Notebook

  1. My mind is full of cobwebs, but I don’t know where they came from.
  2. Once upon a time, I was free.
  3. The circus is here….
  4. No one knew who she was, least of all herself.
  5. She was broken, but he loved her. And that made her beautiful.
  6. I told you I’d be back.
  7. I don’t have a bright world. I don’t have a bleak one. I have a mottled grey world.
  8. Crisp, creamy white paper. College ruled. Black ink. Neat handwriting. One word. Hello.
  9. Don’t say goodbye.
  10. I don’t watch the news anymore.

Writing Prompts From Music

  1. “Loving you is just like holding onto fool’s gold.” -“Fool’s Gold,” Mike Arnoult (feat. Jessie Villa)
  2. “Do you remember dancing, darling?” -“Heart Beating,” SHELLS
  3. “You really know how to make me cry when you give me those ocean eyes.” -“Ocean Eyes,” Billie Eilish
  4. “I wish I was brave enough to love you.” -“Brave Enough,” Lindsey Stirling (feat. Christina Perri)
  5. “There’s a ghost, she’s wearing my face.” -“There’s a Ghost,” Fleurie
  6. “I was wrong to ever let you go.” -“Everything and More,” Hollyn (feat. Aaron Cole)
  7. “Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight.” -“Dancing in the Moonlight (2001 remix),” Toploader
  8. “Before you leave, you must know you are beloved. And before you leave, remember I was with you.” -“Beloved,” Mumford and Sons
  9. “You are not alone. I’ve been here the whole time singing you a song.” -“Carry You,” Ruelle (feat. Fleurie)
  10. “If it weren’t for second chances, we’d all be alone.” -“Second Chances,” Gregory Alan Isakov

Which of these was your favorite prompt? Do you have any prompts that you’d like to share?

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P.S. Don’t forget to check out my guest post at Only by Grace! =) Click here to read about three questions that will help you discover the story of your heart!

Free Printable Writing Planner

We’re about a month and a half into 2019 by now, and that means that a lot of us are working hard on our 2019 goals. For many of us writers, those goals revolve around, well writing. And you know what? I want to help you reach your goals. That’s why I created this FREE printable weekly writing planner for all of you!

It’s so much easier to reach our goals when you approach them one step at a time, day by day, week by week. And it’s even more easy to reach them when you’re organized. I hope that you will be able to use this free weekly writing printable to flourish as a writer, reach your goals, and stay organized! You can print and download it below. Read on for some instructions and tips on using it. =)

How To Use Your New Writing Planner…

O N E : Download your weekly writing planner above and print it out.

T W O : Start by writing in the date and narrowing down your focus for the week. For example, you could focus on writing lots of blog posts or working on editing your novel. I find that picking one thing to focus on a week helps me to stay less stressed and more productive.

T H R E E : The next step is to narrow down your writing goals. If you want to write lots of blog posts, you could write down how many posts you want to write, what type of posts you’d like to write, etc.

F O U R : Now it’s time to make a writerly to-do list! For example, going back to the writing blog posts example, you could write down things such as creating blog graphics, formatting posts, writing the posts, and editing the posts.

F I V E : Lastly, it’s time to scribble down some writing inspiration and accomplishments. I find that writing down things you accomplish can help you stay motivated throughout the week. Writing down things such as inspirational quotes can also help keep you motivated and inspired to accomplish even more!

How do you stay organized and motivated when it comes to writing?

February Writing Prompt Challenge

I am so excited to introduce monthly writing prompt challenges to Notebooks and Novels! I love getting to read what you all are writing, and writing prompt challenges are so much fun! They make you think outside the box to try to include a prompt in a short piece of fiction, and they inspire lots of great story ideas! Keep on reading for more details about this writing prompt challenge. =)

The Rules

Your entry must be between 150-400 words long and must include one of the prompts.

Please submit your entry in the form below. You may submit as many entries as you’d like.

The deadline is February 24. The winner will be announced and notified on March 1. The first, second, and third place entries will be posted here on Notebooks and Novels. The first place winner will have the option of getting a short story written by me or a critique of five pages of their work. =)

February’s Prompts

Here are the prompt choices for February’s writing prompt challenge:

She didn’t know that she was in love until it was over.

or

No one ever told me that love would hurt this much.

Got a prompt idea?

Let me know! Click here to tell me all about your best prompt ideas!

Enter Your Story

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Tag a Friend (or Two!)

The more entries the merrier! Tag one of your friends to participate in the challenge by leaving her name in the comment section and letting her know that she’s been tagged to participate in the Notebooks and Novels Writing Prompt Challenge by sending her the below graphic and the link to this post.

Will you take on the challenge?

How To Use A Fountain Pen Like A Pro | Guest Post By Emma of Invaluable.com

I’m so excited to share today’s guest post by Emma of Invaluable.com with you all! In this post, she’ll share her knowledge on how to craft a gorgeous signature using a fountain pen. Read on to learn how to use a fountain pen like a pro!

Writing is good for our mind, body, and soul. It’s proven to help us communicate more effectively, it decreases stress, increases productivity, and helps us make more focused, educated decisions. The physical act of writing by hand has even more benefits as it encourages brain development and gives us an outlet to release any anxious, stressful feelings. If you don’t already incorporate writing into your weekly or even daily habits, it’s time to start doing so and reap all the mental and physical benefits.

One of the most crucial steps into developing a long-term, successful writing practice, is by acquiring the right writing instruments. Not only is it fun to gather notebooks, pens, cards, and other accessories for writing, but they’re monumental in changing how easy and enjoyable it is to write. One of the best tools for writing is a fountain pen. They have a unique sense of antiquity attached to them, and write in a way that is smooth and beautiful. If you’ve never written with a fountain pen before, Invaluable created this helpful guide that outlines everything you need to know about them.

First, it’s important to understand the anatomy of your pen. The main parts of it include:

  • Nib: The metal tip of the pen that physically touches the paper. Nibs come in different sizes that determine the line width. 
  • Feed: Made of either plastic or ebonite, the feed acts as a vehicle for ink delivery, connecting the neib to the pen’s reservoir.
  • Barrel: This is the exterior of the pen, and sizes differ based on preference.
  • Converter: These are small filling mechanisms that fit right onto the pen and take the place of an ink cartridge. Converters work with bottled ink.
  • Cartridge: These are disposable capsules attached to the back of the pen that supplies them with ink.

Once you understand all the moving parts of your pen and how to fill them with ink, then you can focus on technique and how to write with one. There’s a lot that goes into it, and everything from how you hold the pen to the amount of pressure applied is an art. While Invaluable’s post goes into detail, here are some quick, summarized tips for writing with your fountain pen:

  • Hold the pen between your thumb and index finger.
  • Make sure the pen creates a 40 to 55 degree angle with the paper.
  • Position the nib so that the metal side is facing away from the paper.
  • Keep fingers and hands rigid.
  • Though ballpoint pens require constant pressure, fountain pens require very little. 
  • Use light strokes.

Once you’ve practiced and mastered the technique, then you can enjoy all the writing benefits fountain pens have to offer. Invaluable also included a helpful infographic on quick writing tips and how to craft the perfect signature using your fountain pen. Check it out below, and start your writing practice today!

About the Author

Emma is a writer at Invaluable.com, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. You can see more of her and her colleagues’ work at https://www.invaluable.com/blog/.

Printable Christmas Roll-A-Story Game

Have you ever played a roll-a-story game? I recently discovered these fun games when my Mom found and printed a Christmas themed one for my siblings and me. We all had so much fun writing short stories using it! In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much that I thought it would be fun to share a Christmas themed roll-a-story of my own making with you all. To play my Roll-A-Story: Christmas Edition game, download the printable game below and follow the instructions listed. 

What You’ll Need

  • My Roll-A-Story: Christmas Edition Printable
  • A Die
  • Some Friends and Family (or you can play this by yourself!)
  • Writing supplies (computers, notebooks, pencils, typewriters…)

How To Play The Game

O N E : Print out the Roll-A-Story: Christmas Edition game. 

T W O : Grab a die and some friends.

T H R E E : Take turns rolling the die. The first roll determines the setting of your story. The second roll determines its main character, and the third roll determines the sticky situation your character finds himself in. For example, if I rolled a one during my first roll, my setting would be a Christmas tree farm. If my second roll was a six, my main character would be Jack Frost. If my last roll was a four, the sticky situation that Jack Frost would find himself in would be that he accidentally knocks a Christmas tree over. 

F O U R : Now for the most fun part: Writing the stories! It’s time for everyone to grab a pencil and paper (typewriters are always welcome, of course) and start scribbling! Sticking with the setting, character, and situation you rolled, it’s up to you to craft a fun short story. Here’s a sample synopsis of what a short story with the roll I made up in step three could look like…

During his seasonal visit to a Christmas tree farm, Jack Frost accidentally knocks over the Christmas tree of a family who hasn’t been able to afford one in the past. Feeling guilty, he tries to make up for the family’s loss by getting them one adorned with icy ornaments. Seeing the children’s joy at receiving the gift, and the wonder in their eyes at its beauty, he is inspired to spread Christmas magic throughout the world. 

Your story can be serious, heartfelt, goofy, or just plain nonsense. It’s your story. Have fun with it! For extra fun and a writing frenzy, set a timer (this is completely optional). The stories have to be finished when the timer rings! 

F I V E : Now it’s time to share your stories! There are no winners or losers in this game. The point is to challenge yourself to think creatively and to have fun writing and sharing a short story. 

I would love to see the stories you create with this fun game! Send your creations to me through my contact page OR tag me in an Instagram post featuring your story during the days leading up to Christmas, and your story could be featured on my Instagram account @micaiahsaldana. 

Have you ever played a roll-a-story game? Will you play this one?