Saturday, February 2, 2008

Diablo Cody on Writing

Just finished reading the shooting script for Juno and I enjoyed it as much as the movie. Of course, I've been following Diablo's career for awhile since she was a stripper and wrote a memoir about it (Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper) and I was a stripper and wrote a memoir about it (All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay D.C.). It's really great to see her career take off with the Oscar nomination and all, and I think what I like most about her story is how inspirational it is for other people who are pounding away at some creative project or another. I love how she wrote much of Juno at a Target Starbucks. I wrote much of my memoir at a Starbucks on the Brown campus and not a day went by when I didn't feel like an ass, wondering if I was wasting my time and if the project would ever truly come to pass. That's the thing about any creative project. You never really know if it's going to work or what it's going to ultimately be when you're in the process of working on it. All you have to go on is faith.

The other thing I like about the shooting script is the advice Diablo gives writers in the introduction: "Don't ever agonize about the hordes of other writers who are ostensibly your competition. No one is capable of doing what you do. No one else can ever be you..."

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