What I’ve Learned From Silent Movies

My father-in-law is staying with us for a few weeks and we are watching silent movies today. Such an amazing difference between the style of silent film with the classical music playing, lots of facial expression, and the small clips of text they show, with today’s movies.

These movies remind me of the book trailers I watch before the release of a new book, where every word has to accurately convey the plot in an interesting way.

As I watch a third movie, it’s interesting to see what is narration and what is dialogue, much  like reading a book. I’ve learned that imagery is a wonderful tool to express my character’s thoughts, words, and action.

Have you received inspiration for your novel while watching a movie or a TV show?



  1. Stacy S. Jensen · May 6, 2011

    I’ve probably been taking too many Thursday night breaks watching The Office, Parks and Rec and 30 Rock. Tina Fey is such a great writer. I like comedies that make me “laugh out loud.” These shows have certainly been doing that recently. While it keeps me from writing, it gives me a fresh take on things. Laughter always helps me rejuvenate.


    • Jennifer McFadden · May 6, 2011

      I love comedies; the Big Bang Theory is hilarious! I haven’t seen 30 Rock, but hear it’s funny. Tina Fey is so talented-I watched her on SNL.


  2. Kayeleen Hamblin · May 6, 2011

    I love silent movies. They put me in a completely different frame of mind.

    My first writing project as an adult was a result of watching Lilo and Stitch with my kids.


    • Jennifer McFadden · May 6, 2011

      I have to really pay attention to these silent movies…I can’t get away with listening to it.

      I love Lilo and Stitch!


  3. Cathryn Grant · May 7, 2011

    I’ve never seen a silent movie, isn’t that terrible?

    I love TV shows and movies with complex characters, and they inspire me to rush to my laptop and start adding further nuance to my characters.


    • Jennifer McFadden · May 7, 2011

      Yesterday was the first time I’d ever watched a silent movie. I wouldn’t have seen one if my father -n-law wasn’t here with me.

      I watch TV with my laptop and type in notes for my characters when I find good ideas.


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