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5 Movies to Inspire Creative Writing

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Writing can be exciting and significant. However, you don’t always feel inspired to write. You are not the only one who sometimes has this feeling; even the best writers experience this.

Most writers get stuck with a piece of writing, which can happen to any form of writing, be it creative writing, academic writing, e.t.c. However, as a student with deadlines to meet, you can’t wait forever before you find a means out of this state. 

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Note that if you don’t have the passion for writing or have a severe case of writer’s block, you can give your work to a professional writing service, but there are other means.

A book can help, but over time a good movie has been proven to be a better way to inspire you. Writing is a process, and films about writers often give you the extra motivation and inspiration to keep striving forward.

Do you lack the right inspiration to start your writing? You are in the right place. In this article, we have compiled a list of 5 movies that help serve as motivation and inspiration for you in your writing journey.

Julie and Julia (2009)

This movie is a story of two authors, Julie Powell(Amy Adams) and Julia Child(Meryl Streep), who are the central characters in this movie.

Julia Child is a world-known chef, author, and teacher, while Julie is a food blogger who prepares and writes about Julia’s dishes.

In the movie, you will see both professional paths face ups and downs, but in Julie’s story as an aspiring writer, you will find it inspirational. Although she was discouraged and felt disappointed at the beginning, she continued and never gave up writing.

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One of the many lessons you will find in this movie as a writer is a power that lies in consistency which Julie held on to, despite the discouragement she felt from lack of following, which gradually turned around unexpectedly.

She started having people who consistently viewed her writings. However, you should note that she wouldn’t see the result if she stopped because of discouragement or difficulty. Still, you see that being persistent and consistent made the development possible.

Misery (1990)


This movie was directed in 1990 and based on Stephen King’s novel written in 1987. It is one of the best-selling novels by the author.

The movie is about a successful writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan), who planned to end his career as a romance novel writer. However, he was involved in a ghastly accident after completing his latest book and was rescued by one of his fans.

When Annie (Katty Bates), his fan, discovered his plan to quit writing romance novels to focus on more serious books, she got into a rage, and things went darkly and creepily.

The lesson in this movie is that it shows how powerful our writing might be and affect those who read it. It might not mean so much to the person writing but means a lot to the person reading it.

For instance, you were given the assignment to write about, and you just shared your thoughts, and your tutor called you out after going through your writing to commend your work as excellent, and sometimes, you are surprised. That’s precisely what we are talking about.

The Wonder Boys (2000)

The Wonder Boys

This movie is about an English professor and author, Grady Tripp (Michael Douglas), in a university in Pittsburgh. He is a novelist who teaches creative writing.

After completing his first novel, he struggled to finish the second one. At the time, he had many things happening to him in his personal life.

He was trying to save his marriage while also having an affair with the wife of Chancellor Sara Gaskell (Frances McDormand), whose husband is the head of the department and Grady is a professor.

He has students who were also aspiring writers, James Leer(Tobey Maguire) and Hannah Green (Katie Holmes) but are yet to publish any book.

In the movie, you will see that writing can be so challenging under distress, no matter how good you are as a writer.

As a writer, one major lesson the movie teaches you is that you must break your writer’s block before it breaks you; it teaches that you find a means out of it no matter what happens.

Adaptation (2002)

Adaptation (2002)

This movie is based on an actual book titled The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, and it is said to be one of the best movies about creative writing.

The movie is about a writer sharing his experience of writer’s block, Charlie Kaufman(Nicolas Cage), a scriptwriter trying to adapt a book into a film which can be daunting, especially for a writer experiencing writer’s block.

The movie was commended for its screenplay, acting, and humor by Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep.

This movie will resonate with you as a college student who isn’t inspired to write because the movie’s central theme is about writer’s block and lack of inspiration. 

One major lesson this movie teaches us is the power of determination and also a lesson about a writer’s creativity; how creative a writer can be.

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

This movie is considered one of the best movies when it comes to writing. It is listed in most of the best movies about writers.

Shakespeare is widely regarded as the most excellent writer in English, and if you are a big fan of Shakespeare, you should get your hands on this movie. This movie has many themes to be carefully observed and critically analyzed.

The movie touches on the writing process, the motivation, inspiration, and creativity aspect. It discloses how Shakespeare struggled with writer’s block and how he suddenly found his reason.

This movie is a must-watch for writers as it majors on the muse, dedication, commitment, motivation, and the creative process of writing.

Whose story would have the best fit to be a motivation to writers that are experiencing writer’s block than that of the most excellent writer in history?

This movie reminds us that writer’s block is common to all writers, whether you are writing academic essays or even writing on/for blogs, so don’t grumble. Just get yourself out of that state.

Conclusion about Movies to Inspire You

Movies written about writers are not just exciting or just for entertainment. Still, they are a source of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement to writers. It also contains helpful and practical advice to eliminate writer’s block.

Get your hands on at least one of this list here. Although there are more movies on creative writing, we shortlisted the best five above. Watch them and see your inspiration come back alive.

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    Theresa McCann

    Thank you for the article!

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