The Help (2011) directed by Tate Taylor
Kate Stockett's book turned movie is a gem filled with vital and applicable lessons for young, aspiring and even seasoned writers. And although the story is set in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960s, it still managed to strike a cord deep inside of me where St. Martin is concerned.
In the 1960s, Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan[Emma Stone], a young, white college graduate, upsets the residents of Jackson, Mississippi and exposes the racist work conditions of many African-American maids, beginning with Abileen Clark [Viola Davis] and Minny Johnson [Octavia Spencer], who are as determined to tell their stories in secret as she is in writing them, breaking the law.
The Help is one of those movies that motivates me as a writer, every single time. After watching it, I start thinking if there are in fact things that bother me, things I can make constructive noise about. And there are quite a few. In the mean time here are my The Help writing tips:
1. Claim it
2. Get Experience
3. Be humble & write the other person's truth
4. Stick to Genre & Be true
5. Write about what disturbs you
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