When Jewish characters (for example) are on the screen, does the audience get more than an occasion reference to Chanukah? Or do they just get a surname, or a trope? Or worse, do they get thinly-veiled anti-Semitic caricatures? Are LGBTQ characters defined by their sexuality, or are they stereotyped, or is it no big deal? Or are they killed off quickly, once they're no longer useful to the plot, the show runners, or the network?
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Getting inspiration from life events
Can You Get Writing Inspiration From Life Events Life events can be extremely inspiring for writers. A […]
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Getting inspiration from films
Yet another thing to think about concerns the making of films. When films open, they are huge collaborative efforts which include not only the writers, actors, makeup and set people, special effects, the director, and the producer. They are also a product of budgets, and of timing. When a tragedy occurs, a film might be delayed, or even shelved indefinitely. And the same thing can happen if the star dies or becomes embroiled in a scandal. Furthermore, some films would benefit from an update in special effects technology. And others would change with our current social sensibilities regarding feminism, LGBTQ rights, and other issues.
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Getting inspiration from politics
What happens at the top of the ticket? And that doesn't have to just be in America. What about in other countries? How are leaders chosen—and who do they end up beholden to when elected? Top candidacies get a lot of press, and national leaders have nearly no time to themselves. Even bad leaders can be inundated with work. These are undoubtedly extremely stressful jobs, no matter the size of the country or the type of government.
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Getting inspiration from marriage
Widows and widowers may, consciously or unconsciously (and not necessarily fairly) compare their dearly departed with any potential new lovers to come down the pike. And conflicts can arise from everything from putting old pictures away—and taking them off the walls—to taking off the wedding ring.
Pocket Conflicts
Because the sibling relationship is often fraught with conflict, it can be the perfect vehicle for these types of conflicts. And if you have ever seen two children in the back of a car arguing about who last touched whom (or if you have ever been either of those children), or who last sat in front, then you know exactly what I am talking about.
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Gender Swap
Of course, if you're not a big IP holder, you're not beholden to SOX. However, you still might want to try a gender swap on your own work, or even on works in the public domain, such as fairy tales and the like. For example, if Snow White is a man, what happens to the story? Maybe the handsome prince is a beautiful princess. Or maybe the rescuer is still a handsome prince.
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Getting inspiration from religion
Because the Old and New Testaments, the Koran, the teachings of Buddha, etc. are all in the public domain, how about mining them for writing ideas? This has been done before. In fact, the biblical story of Noah and the flood is pretty much the same as the epic of Gilgamesh. Hence you'd be in pretty good company.
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Writing Various Ages
It's the countdown to retirement! And if a person hasn't saved enough money, that countdown will take a lot longer. However, younger-feeling adults can do well for quite a while, so long as they maintain healthy lifestyles. This is the age of the so-called 'young-old'. Yet one in nine people aged 65 and older have Alzheimer's.
Adventures in Career Changing | Janet Gershen-Siegel | Getting inspiration from pets-canaries
Parrots are extremely intelligent and can live a long time. Furthermore, a lot of birds are extremely beautiful. Plus there's the very concept of flight – and they're so casual about it!
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