Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
Earl Garcia is an intern for the Writing Arts Department for the Fall 2017 semester. He is majoring in Writing Arts with a specialization in Creative Writing.
First Impressions and Notable Quotations
A friend of mine in New York personally recommended me this book called The Writer’s Journey. He said the book was a very helpful tool on how he wrote his own original story. Desperate for a source of inspiration to get out of my writer’s block at the time, I decided to pick up a copy of this one off Amazon. When it arrived in the mail, my eyes widened. I was impressed with how he managed to read such a thick book. However, it also happened that I got this book in time for the start of my internship. I saw an opportunity to share my thoughts on this book as I read it in blog form and inform others of this book, hoping to pique their interest to pick it up as well.
On the back of the book, it said that the author, Christopher Vogler, influenced the writing for movies and one example that caught my attention was The Lion King. It was quite a fascinating thing for me to learn that I’m going to be reading a writer’s guidebook whose author directly had a say in how The Lion King was written! Other examples of movies included Fight Club and The Thin Red Line. The back of the book also said that he was a writer for the animated film, Jester Till. It was going to be an interesting experience to read what a writer of The Lion King has to say.
One of the quotes in the preface that caught my eye was, "It takes a great enemy to make a great airplane” This is an Air Force saying that was at the top of the Questions and Criticisms section in the preface. The fact that this quote was under that particular section speaks volumes of the quote and what it means. To me, what it means is that if you don’t have people who question you or speak out against you, it means you are not doing a good enough job in putting yourself out there. A big part of being a writer is having your voice heard and putting yourself out there to possibly be embarrassed and humiliated. An enemy isn’t always someone who is on the battlefield or a recurring rival to defeat. An enemy can also be someone who repeatedly criticizes and challenges your beliefs, views, and ideals-an antonym of who you are. Enemies aren’t always a bad thing. They can be a big help in testing how true you are to your beliefs and convictions.
After reading the preface and what it had to say, I’m looking forward to reading the contents of the book and what it had to offer. This is a guidebook to writing that helped my friend write his own original work whose author helped write The Lion King. I feel a connection to this book, already and I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s seen that helped him.