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Visiting Disney and Finding Writing Inspiration - Tips for New Writers

I recently visited the Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios - Disneyworld in Orlando Florida--and was inspired at every turn -- not by the rides (though don't miss the Star Wars Tour at Hollywood Studios or the newly updated and wildly colorful "It's a Small World" classic at the Magic Kingdom) but by the imagination of the place, by the charm, by the wonder in my kid's eyes at every turn. What fascinated my 12 year old son?  The talking garbage can in Tomorrowland. Was there a real person guiding it by remote control? Was it advanced robotics? Was is something else? Who was behind it (if anyone knows more about the talking garbage can in Tomorrowland - please let me know!). 

At Disney's Hollywood Studios, the theme park tribute to Hollywood and the movies, I stumbled upon The Writer's Stop... of course, I had to stop and go into to this coffee shop and bookstore. Here I found a brief respite from the 90 degree tropical heat, and even more so, I discovered:  The Imagineering Workout: Excercises to Shape Your Creative Muscles by The Disney Imagineers. This book is a gem, written in short chapters, with practical as well as inspiration advice, from those hands-on professionals -- from writers to designers to engineers --  who create for Disney. Here's a few of their suggestions:

  • "Inspiration comes from things infused with life," John Kavelin, Director, Design and Production, Tokyo Disneyland Resort

  • "Setting goals before and during the creative process enhances your projects...the key is to make sure the goals inspire and don't detract from your creative journey."  Dave Crawford, Principal Mechanical Engineer Show/Ride Engineering

  • "Your ability to articulate your likes and dislikes will give you the ability to champion and defend your project... observe what you like for five to ten minutes... observe what you don't like for five or ten minutes..."  --Sue Bryan, Senior Show Producer, Concept Development.

  • "Use 'What If?" to preface and idea of suggestion... ask and respond to your 'What ifs?' List them.  Stay Positive..."- Steve "Mouse" Silverstein, Principal Developer, Animation Programming Systems, Walt Disney Imagineering Florida.  (I seem to always start a with an idea generated from a question, though admittedly most of mine are a little less positive and more filled with outrage...read LIEto see what I mean!)

  • "Question: how many Imagineers does it take to change a light bulb? Answer: Does it have to be a light bulb?...Create the magic!"   --Jan O'Connor, Show Writer, Creative Development.


I plan to keep this book near my desk! Here's to a great end of the summer for all. If you haven't picked up a copy of my debut novel LIE now is the time--

Truly,

Caroline

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