Frances Ha & Making a Plan

“I am a planner by nature. But for some reason, I always thought if a person were truly talented or destined to become a great novelist, she wouldn’t need to plan her writing too much. She could just sit down and write and everything would come out the way it was supposed to.

But that is a childish way of thinking.”

Absolutely brilliant. And Burlesque Press contributor Eva Langston makes some fabulous points about writing, planning, and sticking to your guns here. This is definitely worth a read.

In the Garden of Eva

*Check out my piece in the Burlesque Press Variety Show!*

On Friday night I watched Frances Ha, starring Greta Gerwig, who also co-wrote the film. Greta plays Frances, a flighty twenty-seven-year old who is living in Brooklyn with her best friend, Sophie, and apprenticing at a modern dance studio where she hopes to become a member of the company. But then Sophie gets engaged to her banker boyfriend, and instead of being given a part in the company, Frances is offered a desk job, which she declines. Everyone seems to be putting their childish dreams behind them and moving into the more bland and responsible adult world…except for Frances.

Even though I sometimes wanted to slap Frances and tell her to comb her hair, I enjoyed the movie a lot, and it struck a chord with me in a way. Succeeding as a modern dancer in New York…

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