January Writing Challenge Day #9
Another winter storm is here in Minnesota before the weekend and I’m sitting at my desk with a new Turkish movie, “Hot Sweet Sour”, in the background. Picture a foreign version of “My Best Friend’s Wedding” but with more serious music and lines. A five year promise before best friends turned lovers part. They will marry each other if they are still single after 5 years, but surprise one of them is engaged when they meet again.
The best part of being a writing is that watching movies, television, and reading is all research. That’s right. We can say that we are doing our homework when we add more drama into our lives.
Each culture has their own way of creating drama. Turkish movies tend to be more serious and not afraid to show heated scenes with taste. This is different from one of my other favorite kind of dramas – Kdramas. They’re still in the holding hands phase and that’s why we love them.
Look out plot twists as we move into the second part of the movie. Turkish drama tends to be more tragic and fateful compared to other cultures. You’ll have to find this on Netflix if you want to watch something new.
Watching other genres or foreign films can also help writers get out of their comfort zone if they’re stuck on their plot. Writing is universal but if you’re time of the same old story structure, then see how another place in the world tells their stories and you might find what you need to get inspired.
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