Movies can be a great way for writers to study the craft. You can learn about goals, motivation and conflict. You can learn about plot points, black moments and resolution-which are all necessary when writing a synopsis.
There was a movie I resisted watching for years ‘The Holiday’ starring Jack Black and Jude Law. For some reason, I just wasn’t interested even though I became a fan of Jude Law’s work after seeing him in the movie Music From Another Room.
So what did I learn from watching Jude Law? In the movie, The Holiday, he portrays a man who steps out of his ordinary and takes a chance when he meets Amanda Woods (played by Cameron Diaz). He finds out the risk was worth it in the end.
So if there’s a writing move you’ve been considering, step out and take the chance.