Which movie do you wish you had written?
Here’s a sample of the answers I got:
The Notebook (teenage girl)
Remember The Titans (her mom)
Inland Invasion (20-year-old male film student)
Titanic (waitress in restaurant)
Avatar (teenage boy)
The Breakup (flight attendant)
Citizen Kane (elderly “film buff”)
Mamma Mia (his wife)
Frida (security guard)
Sherlock Holmes (guy sitting next to me on the plane)
Now ask yourself the question. Why did you choose that film?
Now as an exercise:
Ask the same question to your main character? Why would they choose that film? What would your love interest or villain say?
For example the lead of my current story wishes she’d written Moonstruck, because it has a great message: That love can always find you.
On the other hand, her love interest would have written What Dreams May Come, because he’s interested in how heaven will look.