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I just watched Trumbo, the bio pic of the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. He was one of the Hollywood 10 who were blacklisted in the movie industry. Why? They were accused of being communists by the House Un-American Activities Committee. This was during the Cold War when we saw communists behind every bush, and fear was rampant.
Trumbo kept insisting they (the Committee) had no right to question them about their political beliefs. That the Constitution guaranteed them certain rights. As happened then, and has happened recently, when America feels threatened (by terrorists or anyone) Constitutional rights are swept aside.
Fear makes us do things we wouldn’t normally do. Fear produces mass hysteria. Fear can also freeze us from doing anything.
What amazed me about Trumbo’s life was his determination to keep writing. Obviously, he (and his family) needed the money. Because of the blacklist, no movie studio would hire him. So he gave other people credit for his work, or wrote under pseudonyms. He couldn’t even accept the Oscars his writing won. He could have found another line of work. He could have given up on writing.
Why keep writing?
That’s a question not answered in the movie. I wish I could ask him what motivated him. What motivates any of us? What keeps us going? When things get tough, why don’t we give up?
Question of the month:
What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?
Mine was a romantic suspense that’s on a 5” floppy disk somewhere. The printed copy is collecting dust. I found out the hard way that rewriting is harder than starting from scratch, so it won’t be published.
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