Friday, May 11, 2012

Love and Writing

Love is in the air as I am getting ready for the First Loves Blogfest on May 14. In this blogfest you post your first loves – first movie, first song/band, first book, and first person. I'm so excited!

I recently watched the movie Beauty and it had a wonderful sceen in it that made me really think about love. In the movie Alyx’s feelings are hurt when Lee doesn’t even want to see the portrait she painted for him. Alyx’s father tries to console her by telling her something about art and love that really inspired me.

“It won’t be any good unless you care, that’s the hell of being an artist. To be a good one you have to give away the very thing you’ve exposed your soul to create. I think painting is like falling in love. You have to be vulnerable, take risks. But freely. No strings. You can’t control what happens to the art you’ve created, just like you can’t control what happens when you love someone."

Then he gazed at the portrait and said, “I can see your love for him, it’s there in every brush stroke isn’t it?"

This made me stop and ask some deep questions about my own writing:
  • Do I really care about what I'm writing? Is my love for it in every word?
  • Am I writing with honesty, or am I too afraid of what others might think?
  • Am I exposing my soul when I write, or guarding my heart?
  • Am I willing to let go of my story once I've finished creating it? 

Beauty is a fun retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You can watch it on Youtube here.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


  1. Oh, I watched that movie. It was very good. And Alex Pettyfer is so gorgeous! lol
    And I had forgotten about that scene of the movie. Gotta watch again. So true!

    1. You have actually scene this movie!? Wow, I didn't know there were others, hehehe. It was a made for TV movie I think. I found it on youtube last year when I was going through a huge Beauty and the Beast phase. I've seen it twice since then :)

  2. "that’s the hell of being an artist."

    Wow--I really love that.

    I think we have to be head over heels in love with our work for it to be the best it can be--that's hard when the inner critic won't shut up. Heh. But we can do eeeet! ^_^

    1. I like that line too. It is so true that we do need to be in love with our work... after all the time we have to spend on it we almost need to be in love with it :)

  3. Those were some important questions writers should definitely ask themselves! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. What a beautiful post! I love things like this... The painting metaphor was so lovely. I do try to put my soul into my writing... With every word/sentence/paragraph... I want the reader to feel the mood I'm trying to create & I think that can only happen when the author gives it her/his all. Nice post!

    1. Thanks Morgan, I can really tell that you do put your all into your work. :)


  5. Stopping thru to let ya know that I am sharing the blogging love of a blog award to you. Stop by to collect. :)


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