Caroline's Open Road
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Edward Scissorhands and Corpse Bride
anxiety, creating, creative writing, emotion, exposure, film, imagination, movie theater, movies, screenplay, Time Machine
- Knew she wanted to be a writer from a very young age.
- Was originally scared of movies; went to see The Time Machine when she was young and it terrified her.
- When she was 16, took a creative writing class; a "real writer" came in and singled out her story as "the real deal."
- In college, paid her rent by working at a movie theater; was exposed to Truffaut, Goddard, Fellini: classic filmmakers.
- After college, she bartended and worked on her first novel. Knew she wanted to write the novel but anxiety kept slowing her down.
- Took 18 months to write the first draft, finished at age 25, threw it away because it was so bad.
- Rewrote it in three months; had a friend pretend to be a literary agent, sold it to an editor she admired.
- After that one big triumph, it was hard to move on, but she'd accomplished her goal and knew she do whatever she wanted from there.