The following is my response to the film “Shakespeare in Love” written by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard.
This film puts a new twist on the classic story of Romeo and Juliet, showing theater-lovers everywhere a take on how William Shakespeare’s young life might have been. The film hints to how Shakespeare came up with the play as well as other plays like Hamlet and Macbeth.
Besides transcending the unique-way-of-telling-the-same-boring-love-story-over-again bridge, the film says a lot about being a writer. In the film, Shakespeare’s character does not sit around from sun-up to sun-down cranking out pages—a notion that I involuntarily fell victim to even though I’m a writer myself and know that that would be bogus. D’oh!
Shakespeare’s character writes an act and then goes out and lives life: having a drink with Marlo, getting into trouble with Tilney (Master of the Revels), and keeping Viola away from Wessex as much as possible. This reminds me of an essay in Writers on Writing by Richard Ford called “Goofing Off While the Muse Recharges.” In the essay, Richard writes that “Most writers write too much (p. 67)” and that “Stopping and starting during any one day’s writing invites you to judge what you just wrote (p. 69).”
I will try to remember this when I am working on WordPress posts instead of working on my homework.