If you’ve been following this blog you’d know that it’s been on hiatus due to the fact that I have been touring parts of the United States with my family and soaking up the inspiration. One of our stops was Disneyland, where everyone had caught Frozen-fever. My daughter is a massive Princess Elsa fan and so I have heard the soundtrack of Frozen at least a billion times! But there’s no use in fighting it, Disney’s Frozen (Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen), has taken over, a total snowball effect and I’ve decided to roll with it –
Here are five things writers can learn from Disney’s Frozen:
- Let It Go! I’m sure you’ve heard the Oscar-winning song over and over, it’s the Frozen theme song that seems to be on everyone’s lips but what can writers learn from it? First up, many writers get too caught up in perfecting their language that they forget to focus on good storytelling, instead of obsessing about the small stuff focus on the story– Let it go! The rest you can edit later.
- Don’t fall in love at first sight! In Disney’s Frozen Princess Anna falls in love with a man she just met and as you can imagine this causes an avalanche of problems, writers often make the same mistake. Many writers (including me) fall instantly in love with ideas that they don’t think through. Your first idea might be great but always remember to get to know it a little better before you get too invested. This may mean a little extra planning time or rewrites.
- “It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small” - This is a line from the song Let It Go and it rings so true. After being on holiday and taking time to be away from my computer screen I have clarity. Sometimes the best thing a writer can do is step back and they will soon realise that things are not as bad as they seem. When you’re stuck, have a break and then revisit the problem.
- Choose your allies carefully. The film Frozen is all about trust and letting people in, the writing process is about the same thing. It’s important to surround yourself with the right people. I have made the mistake of trusting the wrong people with my ideas, which was detrimental to my writing. I now choose to trust those who are more like Olaf the snowman in Frozen. Olaf assists Anna to reach the top of the North Mountain to find her sister, Elsa. Writers need to find their own version of Olaf to help them climb their own word-filled mountains.
- Love is the key. The beauty of Frozen is that the Princess did not require the love of a Prince to be saved, acknowledging that true love can come in many forms. As Elsa grieves for her sister, Anna, she soon discovers that her selflessness saves Anna. Elsa’s decision to sacrifice herself to save her sister is perceived as an “act of true love”. Realising love is the key to controlling your writing powers will help you solve your writing problems, just as it helped Elsa thaw the kingdom. Love equates to passion about what you’re doing and without it great storytelling cannot flourish, so yes as cliché as it may be – love is the key.
So there you have it, five things writers can learn from Disney’s Frozen. Finally here is a funny clip about Frozen-mania (disclaimer: coarse language)
Have you jumped on the Frozen bandwagon or have you managed to escape?