How RENT cured my Writer’s Block…

by Stephanie Casher on March 22, 2006

Yes, I’m fessing up — until last night, I hadn’t written in a week. Some of you may have figured this out, seeing as how I had time to watch RENT not once, not twice, but four times in the past four days. Seriously, when do I have that kind of time on my hands? But my obsession with this fabulous musical has indeed served me. It inspired me so much that I actually pulled out my papers and started writing again.

The setting of RENT and the relationships between the characters are very similar to my novel. Stories of friendship and love. Strong, passionate characters. I was most struck by the emotionally evocative quality of the play. How it was able to make me feel things, bring tears to my eyes, and fall in love, quite totally, with every single character. These are the hallmarks of excellent writing, and it has given me yet another example of greatness to asprire to.

So I started writing again and got flashes for three new scenes. Wrote a couple pages during the American Idol, so now I’m back in the saddle again. Thank God – I’ve got unrealistic deadlines to meet…

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