Every author, every screenwriter, every musician, wants to be the best in their trade.
We all want to produce the best short story, the best song, the best written final. We want to deliver the best graduation speech, publish the best article, make the boldest sale, cook the best egg sandwich on the planet.
And there are always people in our field to look up to and aspire to. People who have gone before us and set the bar.
For me, as a writer, I have a small number of authors I follow. But writing comes in many forms even outside of books and articles and other such mediums.
Writing can also be enjoyed through movies, and my favorite genre to follow is animated movies because they have the tough job of catering to every age of audience members from nearly every walk of life. (Admittably, not even animation studio believes this to be true.)
Movies like Deadpool and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot may be fun films, but the writer’s job is much easier than those writers in animation. Their workload is literally cut in half because they are writing to appease a smaller number of audience members.
It’s the difference between delivering a Thanksgiving speech at the family dinner table and speaking in front of news cameras for a worldwide audience. The risk is higher, the expectation is gargantuan, and the critical feedback is going to be much tougher and bloodier.
There’s not a new kid in town, but apparently the oldest kid on the block picked up some amazing new skills. It’s becoming official from critics everywhere that Disney’s new animated movie, Zootopia, is deemed the greatest animated movie of all time.
That’s taking into consideration that it’s apparently better than Up, Lion King, and even Toy Story. Or at least on the same level.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited to see this movie. And even more so, I’m excited to have a new movie to aspire to, in terms of writing and imagination. I have a feeling that if you’re in the creative profession, it will be in your best interest to see Zootopia when it comes out this Friday.
Always be on the lookout for the greatest in your field to aspire to. And maybe your work will be the next greatest thing.
And don’t forget! I’ll be posting the three finalists for our writing contest this coming Sunday! Check back then to see if you’ve been chosen!