Q – What is the number one UNBREAKABLE rule of fight club? … erm … making art? …
A – Don’t be boring.
I’ve just finished watching ‘Freeheld’, which if you don’t already know, is about a New Jersey cop trying to get her pension paid to her domestic partner, also a woman, set in those prehistoric times in the U.S. when marriage equality wasn’t a reality … oh, wait … never mind. The bad guys refuse and much ballyhoo is raised and eventually she wins, then dies.
It had so many things going for it:
A true story.
A very current and political topic.
Two great actors in the lead roles, Ellen Page and Julianne Moore, and Steve Carell as backup.
And it was a boring 1980’s stereotypical ‘Movie of the Week’! I don’t know what the director was thinking. Even though the dialogue was a bit cheesy, there was no chemistry between the leads. Nothing to get me emotionally hooked, not even ‘she dies of cancer in the end’.
Anyway it got me to thinking about writing and reading and what incites me in both. I distilled several lists down to one thing. Don’t be boring.
Have you every read a book that ‘s terribly written but you can’t put it down? Not boring. Or watched a movie that’s truly cringe-worthy, but you can’t stop watching? Not boring. Love it, hate it, for whatever reasons. Not boring.
So, dear authors of books, whatever your struggling with at this moment, Don’t. Be. Boring!