I saw Divergent last night. And we will all just have to agree to put aside any thoughts like “What is a 30-year-old woman doing watching *&^% like that” and focus on the real problem:
I have a massive hangover.
The first mistake is that I watched the movie way to close to bedtime. And I don’t know how it is for most people but anything portraying lots of action and violence, etc gets my sympathetic nervous system all worked up and I turn back into that nine-year-old kid who has just watched 3 Ninjas and is leaping off all the furniture and tearing the stuffing out of all living room pillows.
So in addition the fact that I slept horribly amidst a plague of divergentesque dreams, I am finding it really hard to focus today. I’m googling things like “Maggie Q tattoo” and “Did Macklemore really play Eric?” when I should be working.
Which brings me to the purpose of today’s blog—is it bad to expose oneself to outside influences?
I can blame my massive movie hangover not on the movie itself or even the crappy sleep. I know it has to do with the fact that I have an “overactive” imagination. I know it has to do with the fact that I can make any movie “good” in my head, and often do, because I often do a great deal of character development, theme exploration, and add those “greater meanings” in my own head—even when the story’s original creator failed to actually do so--which can be a problem, because I lose a lot of time getting way to involved in someone else's creation.
So because I know I’m like this—should I limit what I expose myself to? Should I worry that it will influence or “corrupt” my own style?
Do other writers worry about this?
This is an invitation to tell me so. Is there anything you don’t watch or read because you think it will make your own writer mind mush? Do you have a way of curing your own book/movie hangovers or getting yourself out of someone else's sandbox?
Is there any hope for my living room pillows?