Friday, 12 September 2014

4 movies to inspire you to write!

movies to inspire creative writing

Whenever I’m looking for inspiration to get my write-on there are a couple of films I know I can turn to time and time again and they never fail to get the creative juices flowing and my fingers flying across the keys. So, here’s a quick run down of the 4 films that inspire my creative writing!

Make sure you've checked out my books to inspire creative writing post too: part 1 & part 2!


Peter Pan is one of my favourite fairy tales and I love pretty much any and all variations of the film but Robin Williams’ is easily one of my favourite. Peter Pan, no longer a lost boy but a laywer, so grown up he’s completely forgotten how to use his imagination and just play! Let’s face it, we know exactly how it feels when you’re struggling to kick start your imagination and get some words down on the page! It’s painful! So we can completely relate to poor grown up Peters struggle! As I’m sure you know, Peter does rediscover his imagination and the power that it has – just like you will after watching this film!

Finding Neverland

Continuing with my Peter Pan them, this film follows the tale of J M Barrie, the author of Peter Pan and what happened to him that lead to the creation of one of the most beloved lost boys. I don’t know about you but I find other peoples creative process very inspiring. I can take ideas and tips from them and use it to fuel my own creative endeavors. This film follows Barrie from the initial spark of inspiration to the plays opening night; the creative process from start to finish. I always feel compelled to sit down and write after watching this film!

Dead Poets Society

When unconventional teacher, John Keating (played by Robin Williams – I’m noticing a theme here!) comes to the grammar school he throws pragmatic and conventional teaching methods right out the window. He reaches out to his young students and inspires them in the most unusual of ways. From tearing pages out of textbooks to standing on tabletops to see the world from new heights, he encourages them to seize the day, to live boldly and to go after what it is they want from life, regardless of the thoughts and opinions of others. And that’s exactly what we should be doing as writers. To write what we want, how we want and when we want. For bloggers, these blogs are our own creative spaces and we should damn well do with them what we please!


What has a film about singing and dancing teens in the cafeteria got to do with writing? Everything. Singers, dancers, actors, musicians, at the end of the day they’re all dreamers and what do writers do but dare to dream in a literary fashion? It’s all about growing up and honing your talents and skills, working hard day and night and pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone to reach your dreams. Sometimes we learnt he hard way that our dreams come at a price, and we might not always make the best choices, but what we can do is learn from them. Look back on some of your old work, blog posts you have loved and loathed, what can you learn from them and how can you improve? You’ve got to work hard and keep moving forward!

Have you seen any of these film? What films inspire you to get writing? I’d love to know and check them out so let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



  1. I want to watch finding never land and dead poets society!

    The strangest things films get me feeling creative. The secret garden is the only one that I can think of right now - there was one I watched on the plan from.. I think it's called never let me go.

    It tends to be films with a female lead who narrate the story that gets me wanting to write!

    Corinne x

    1. You should go watch them. Right now! Go!

      I remember in university, Legally Blonde was the one film I could turn to when I was really struggling, it always gave me this really 'I can kick the worlds ass' kind of feeling once the credits started to roll. And I'm not even a blonde!

      Sarah :)

  2. Apart from 'Dead Poets Society' I've seen all the others - and what great choices they are!! :) X
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    1. Oooo you really should watch it, it's an amazing film!

      Sarah :)

  3. If only we all had encouraging & inspiring teachers like John Keating! Dead Poets Society was a darn good movie, next opportunity I get to watch it I will be snapping that up for sure!


    1. I'm really in the mood to give this one a watch, it's been a while since I have! Such an amazing film and SO quotable!

      Sarah :)