I watched Passengers the other night. Let me start by saying I love Jennifer Lawrence. And I really love Chris Pratt. I loved him in Parks and Rec, Guardians of the Galaxy, Delivery Man. I will pretty much watch whatever he’s in.
(I’m swooning. Do people do that? Swoon?)
Back to the movie. The plot is about 2 people who are all alone on a ship traveling through space. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you may want to stop reading.
Chris Pratt is a mechanic who wakes up 90 years too soon. For a year, he wanders around the ship. He tries, unsuccessfully, to get back in his sleeping pod, to get to the pods where the crew are, and basically keep a sane head while being alone.
It doesn’t last. Jennifer Lawrences character wakes up. As luck would have it, she’s gorgeous, funny, and smart. Oh, and she’s a writer. Well, well, well.
So why am I bringing up a movie about space? (Is it a Sci-if Romance?). Well, because it actually goes hand in hand with writing.
Writing is a lonely hobby. Yes, we can join groups, tweet about writing sprints, and share our chapters with friends, followers, and fans. But the actual part of writing is lonely. It’s just you and a computer, or notebook if you prefer.
(I’m sure Hemingway never sang All by Myself, even if he was)
I am usually in sweatpants, headphones on and whatever playlist I need blaring. And then I write. And write. And write. There is no real interaction with anyone, unless you count the characters that are living a wild life in my head. They are having the time of their lives. Me? I’m just trying to get a sentence down without deleting it for the twentieth time.
I kind of see where Chris’s character Jim was at. Lonely. No one to talk to. It’s enough to drive you crazy, although I don’t think it’s as bad as Jims life. I can always take my headphones off and yell at my husband.
Do you feel lonely when you write? Do you feel like you maybe on this journey by yourself for the most part? Or are you living some super Writer life filled with exoctic locations and wild friends?
Until next time