Monday, April 29, 2013

"I Spit on Your Grave" as a Writing Lesson

I'm working on a "bad movie" column for Film Racket. The debut was supposed to cover I Spit on Your Grave, but it didn't make the cut. No big deal. It happens, especially when you're trying to find the appropriate tone. Still, I did not want to waste the work, so here you go.

Yes, the column is still going to happen, but in a better format that will take advantage of my strengths. (Look for it soon.) This version, admittedly, is a little flat. It's not as funny or as observant as my best stuff. There's no hum, and what's weird is that I knew it when I was writing it. Write for as long as I have, and you know when you get good wood. I got the bat on the ball, but I barely got it into the outfield.

The lesson: Never forgot about heart and soul when writing. If you're not feeling excitement, neither will anyone else.

Update (May 1, 2013): Much to my surprise, the piece did run on Film Racket. You can read it here. Still going with the new format. I'll let you know if anything changes.

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