The movie that first made me think of “screenwriting” as a future career pursuit was The World According to Garp, adapted by Steve Tesich from the John Irving novel, and directed by George Roy Hill.

This was a film about an aspiring (and eventually successful) writer, who is also a wrestler.  T.S. Garp (played by Robin Williams) dreams of flying, like his father — who he never met.

I’ve re-watched this movie several times over the years, each time thinking it might not hold up for me anymore.  After all, I was in high school — in the theatre with a bunch of teenage friends — when I first saw it.

But each time, I’m moved and entertained by it again.

 

When it came time to pick a quirky/clever name for my blog about screenwriting, my thoughts returned to my favorite movie — and the term “flying wrestler” came to mind.

It’s also, I think, a nice metaphor for what we writers do.  It’s hard work, wrestling with ideas and material and the business.  And sometimes we feel like the guy on the left, below.

But there’s also a transcendent element to it — and a sense, at its best, of taking flight, to somewhere higher and better.  Where we feel victorious.

And so the name stuck.

Happy wrestler, sad wrestler

 

 

 

     
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