Watching new-to-me classic films at least once or twice a week // This is a must for any film blogger. The more movies we watch, the more we want to talk about them. I often find that if I watch a film I've never seen before, it riles me up (if I've liked it) and makes me want to watch even more new-to-me films. Once I'm on a roll I find it very difficult to stop! Just this past weekend I watched THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (1958) and SCARFACE (1932) - next on my list is RALLY 'ROUND THE FLAG, BOYS! (1958). I can't deny that I'm on a bit of a Paul Newman kick (hubba hubba).
Flipping through coffee table books and magazines // There's nothing quite like holding a fifty pound hardcover tome in your lap and flipping through all the great images encased inside, is there? Nuh-uh. Coffee table books are my weakness when it comes to collecting and over the years I've amassed quite a large collection of them ranging in subject from photography to film to beauty. There is a lot to be learned from a black and white Hurrell portrait and a hand-drawn costume design by Adrian. Also, never underestimate the power of a glossy magazine! I often while away the hours flipping through endless lifestyle, beauty, and travel articles in my leisure time and I find that this is when I come up with the bulk of my blogging/writing ideas.
Sharing thoughts with other film fans & bloggers on platforms like Twitter and Instagram // For someone who's usually so anti-social (read: shy) and introverted it's definitely peculiar that I should enjoy chatting to so many people on the Internet! Over the years I've met an absolutely stellar bunch of people who share the same interests as me and are just as inclined as I am to crush on stars that have been dead for decades (it's true). Talking to them fires up the mind and it gets new ideas flowing and I'm sure there are many of us who can attribute our greatest blog posts to the people we communicate with online. All right, that's our cue: GROUP HUG!
Re-discovering old favourites // Oh yes. You guys already know that when I'm feeling down or ill old movie favourites are what I turn to to comfort me and make me feel heaps and heaps better in record time. I think it's safe to say that this method works for just about anyone! Popping in old favourites like THE THIN MAN (1934) and BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON (1953) gets my creative juices flowing, perking me up and making me reach for my trusty laptop so that I can pump out another inspired blog post. Even when I'm suffering from what seems to be an incurable case of writers block, old movie favourites are what help me conquer the beast and bring you new material.
What are some of the things that inspire you to write and/or blog? Tell me about them in the comments section down below and let's get our minds whirring!