Some people like to listen to music while they write. Others want absolute silence, even going so far as to put on Bose Noise Canceling headphones to blot out everything else. Unfortunately, I can hear the "white noise" that the Bose headphones generate and it drives me crazy and music normally distracts me.
However, I don't like to work and write in silence so I usually have the television on or something playing on the second screen of my computer since I use a dual screen system.
Today I was doing some research and decided to put on a movie while I worked. I saw one called Paper Man starring Jeff Daniels, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds and noticed that it was about a writer and so decided to give it a whirl. Unfortunately, it turned out to be so good that I ended up watching it, working only when I stopped it here and there. For those of you who think writers are all a little quirky and at least a little nuts…you're right, and this movie plays on that. I'm going to put the blurb about it below but I don't want to say too much because I'm afraid I'll give something away. Suffice to say Paper Man is a treasure and I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you like to read and wonder what writers think about when they're alone.
Here's that blurb:
In the tradition of Lost In Translation and The Squid and the Whale, PAPER MAN is a wonderfully quirky drama about people trying desperately to find the same joy in real life as they do in their imagination. Golden Globe and Tony nominee Jeff Daniels stars as
Richard Dunn, a no-hit wonder of a novelist squirreled away in Long Island by his sensible, surgeon wife (Emmy winner Lisa Kudrow) to get cracking on his next novel. Richard isn t totally alone: along for the ride is a local teen (Emma Stone in a breakout performance) who befriends Richard after he hires her to be a babysitter…his babysitter. Plus, there's Richard s imaginary best friend from childhood, Captain Excellent (Ryan Reynolds), a confidante always ready to prod him along towards adulthood, whether Richard wants it or not. Aching, funny and true, PAPER MAN is a genuinely offbeat gem…
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