Do you still have it? You know - the ability to switch off for a few hours, sink into the shabby chic sofa and let yourself be entertained without the constant chatter of your inner writer.
Friday nights are movie night for me, or rather DVD nights in front of the shiny big screen...close the shutters, plump the cushions, light the candles, pour a drink, carefully place the remotes at side, and settle in. Devil's on horseback anyone? The dear lady trots out her little tray of handmade hors d'oeuvres.
I love going to the movies, ahem...the pictures as my dear mother still calls them. I particularly enjoy a creaky picture theatre when there are a total of three souls in the audience. Bliss. The only hitch being that - I can ruin a movie at five paces...by pre-empting the plot line in opening credits. A talent that has plagued me for many years and frustrated those close to me. The number of heated exchanges with friends over whether I've seen the movie beforehand amuses me. I haven't seen it before!! I tell you, I just knew she had a love-child with her professor many years ago. I don't know how but I knew. Pity anyone who sits near me in the picture theatre!
How about you? When was the last time you really enjoyed a movie without that inner voice whispering in your ear? Can you truly disappear into the charming world unfolding in front of you? Or is the clockwork at the back of your mind constantly ticking over, deconstructing the plot line at every point-of-view, ripping apart the characters and their dreary dialogue? Of course I could write that script with my eyes closed...yawn. If it were my script, the words would be so brilliant, they would fly off the pages and dazzle movie-goers.
Let me know - can you sit back and enjoy the ride of a movie or does your inner scribe get in the way?