The Bookish Fox

A Writing Lesson from Whisper of the Heart

This past weekend, I watched one of my new favorite movies with my husband. It is called Whisper of the Heart. I had never seen it before, and now I am pretty much obsessed.

Why? 

The girl in the movie was totally me growing up.

She adores fairy tales and wants nothing more in life than to become a writer. She spends most of her days in a beautiful daydream about a cat with a top hat. 

It’s all so fabulous.

The thing I identified with most was her imposter syndrome. She is desperately afraid that her writing isn’t good enough and she won’t achieve her precious dream of becoming a writer.

I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil one of the most amazing movies of all time (I don’t think I am overhyping this for writers), but she eventually realizes that she is good enough because she has raw talent and the ability to revise.

Yes, that’s right. Good writing comes from revision.

When she realizes that her book isn’t where she wants it to be yet, she pulls herself together (with a little help from a friend) and gets to work on editing her book so it will be her dream novel.

Your writing is a work in progress.

You are a work in progress.

And that’s not only okay. 

It’s beautiful. 

And exactly where you should be.

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