Thinking about writing again.

Having been through it a good few times now I can recognize this feeling of confusion I have about what to write next. I have too many impulses, and I am falling in love with one idea after another with a very particular fickleness and lack of concentration that always happens to me when I have finished a film and it’s about to come out. I mean, I finished The Private Lives of Pippa Lee last January, but it is still under my wing, I am still writing about it and talking about it and trying to protect it. Somehow until it’s out in the US, Novemeber 27th, I won’t be able to truly give myself to the novel I have begun, nor the short stories, nor the films I have in my head. I am trying to enjoy being lost and not writing, yet images and shreds of scenes, ideas keep popping into my head and I am not really sure what to do with them or even whether or not I should trust them. It’s true I was able to write stories in the spring, but since then Pippa Lee has taken over my mind again. So many years enslaved to that one group of characters, from the book to the film. A sweet slavery, but I am looking forward to my freedom…

5 Responses to “Thinking about writing again.”

  • Lillian:

    Hi Rebecca,

    I’m looking forward to seeing “Pippa Lee” when it arrives in Chicago. However, I wanted to write to you about your last film, The Ballad of Jack and Rose. I hadn’t seen it until sometime last year and then bought a copy. It’s a film I go back to now and then, to feel its emotional weight and marvel at how skillfully your writing–and directing of the Jack and Rose characters–brings to life the closeness and eventual separation of father and daughter. Of course the cast is terrific in their roles, and the themes are fascinating. I will see and read more of your work over time.

    Happy writing, Lillian

  • Jesse Noonan:

    Hi Rebecca,

    Every time another of your movies come out, I am brought back to the three days I spent with you and the actors on the set of the film “Florence.” I’m not sure if you remember me, but I was about 12 then, most likely quite ostentatious and a little hard to direct…

    I can’t wait to see “Pippa Lee,” I loved Personal Velocity. Every once in a while I get a hankering to see the only scene I will most likely ever be in on screen, I never saw the finished film…I am now a public school administrator in Los Angeles. I hope all is well and that you enjoy your next steps into writing.


  • Manou:

    Hello Rebecca

    I’m writing to you from France.
    I watched “Pippa Lee”, few days ago. I’n very moved by your beautiful movie.
    I’m 37 years old and I felt very close of her. Every women are Pippa Lee. Because you write so beautifully, because you’re a wonderful director and has the ability to film the essence of the actors..or they have given their treasure to you because you’re trustful..
    You must be a very sweet and understanding human being. You have access to the souls..thank you


  • Tessa:

    Good afternoon, Rebecca–

    I’m writing from Montreal. I know exactly what you mean. I teach literature in a college, but I also write scolarly essays (which don’t feel “scholarly” to me–they’re just a different way for me of telling a story), and recently I’ve had weird flashes of situations I could write about creatively, so that I’ve been telling myself that this may be the time to finally sit down and devote myself to fiction. But yes, the term is still under way, and the next one must be prepared, and at any event, the students, “the babies” are still around, asking for help and advice, and messing up, and until I can say goodbye to them and send them on their way, I can’t sit down and write (1) my article on the complementary poems of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes and (2) this idea for a novel I’m developing. Sweet slavery indeed! How blessed to be able to devote ourselves to that which we love. (I should tell you, too, that I’ve followed your career since *Angela,* and have read, seen, and loved everything of yours; your creativity and joy give me wings and allow me to breathe deeper.)

  • Stuart:

    Hi Rebecca,

    I watched an interview with you and your husband on Charlie Rose the other day and it was about writing “The Ballad of Jack and Rose”

    And you said something that inspired me to write my first drafts with my heart, you said “Write in the dark… Let things mature in an organic way.. Nothing is preconceived.”

    I keep those words close whenever I write.

    So thankyou for that :)

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