NaNoWriMo Day 13: The Harry Potter Distraction

Today was another struggle to write but it wasn’t because Mackenzie wasn’t talking to me or having some kind of dramatic meltdown, but rather it was due to the distractions that life holds, especially on the weekend.  My daughter was quite upset that I couldn’t play with her for the majority of the day because I was writing but what was really distracting me was this movie on T.V.  Actually it was not just one movie, but rather a particular series of movies.  I hope no one laughs when I say this but I was caught up in the Harry Potter movies.  I had tried to read the book several times but I could never really get into them and every time the movie would come on before I had always caught it in the middle and I just couldn’t catch on.  I can usually get hooked to a movie even coming in the middle but for some reason not Harry Potter.  

So I had just dismissed it as maybe it just wasn’t my cup of tea and that even though I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling and her story, maybe I just could not catch on to it.  But just as I was wrong with dismissing Twilight (which I came to love a lot later on), I was also wrong with dismissing Harry Potter.  There has been a Harry Potter marathon on the ABC Family network all weekend and as soon as I started watching the first one from the absolute beginning I was hooked.  However, it is literally one of those movies where if you miss even one scene you miss a lot and luckily for me I have the feature on my T.V. where I can rewind if I come back from a commercial too late because otherwise I would’ve gotten lost even after finding a love for it.  I started with the first one and am up to the fourth one (although I’m using the DVR for 4 and 5 to watch later).  Needless to say, I’m hooked.  It’s a shame too because now after the last one, there will be no more.  So Harry Potter was my distraction today, but a good one.  

Movies that draw me in like that and keep me on the edge of my seat make me think a lot about my writing and my stories.  Now I’m no science fiction writer (not saying I would ever dismiss the possibility) and I don’t generally watch movies about vampires and werewolves or witches and wizards but what captivated me about Twilight and Harry Potter is the back story, that mixed in with the intrigue of being able to have the ability to come up with a completely different world apart from the real one that already exist.  I watch these movies and think about how I want to (and hope that I do) make stories that draw people in like that and have them sitting on the edge of their seats (or bed in my case) wondering what’s going to happen next and leaving them wanting more of that story.  You empathize with them, and you are scared right along with them.  You want to help them and you want them to be okay (or in the cases of the villains you want them to get what’s coming to them).  I may have been a bit distracted by Harry Potter this weekend but I was also incredibly inspired.  I hope to draw my readers in like that and I’m going to work really hard to do that.  Until next time…What stories or movies inspire you to be a better writer? 


Jimmetta Carpenter


The Diary: Succession of Lies (Now Available)

Writing as “Jaycee Durant”


4 thoughts on “NaNoWriMo Day 13: The Harry Potter Distraction”

    1. Hi Jeyna,

      I may have to go back and read the books now. I know some might say that after seeing the movies what’s the point but I know how many things tend to get cut out of a book to make it into a movie. I want to read what wasn’t captured in the film.

  1. There’s nothing wrong with taking a day to recharge and be inspired from a new angle. The stories/movies that inspire me and my writing are Steel Magnolias and The Color Purple.

  2. I have been so addicted to Harry Potter and my boys have followed pretty closely to Harry’s age as the books have come out. The whole family listened to them as books on tape on long road trips back and forth between our home and the grandparents 1300 miles away. Now I am on the Pottermore site as a beta tested in the group of one million to initially test out the site.

    Our plan is to watch all 8 movies over the 4 days we have together for Thanksgiving, but we’ve already seen them all several times.

    Dixie Goode

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