What Billy Elliott Taught Me About the Writing Process


I could not always describe the energy that the writing process gave me until I watched the movie, Billy Elliott.

Billy was an 11 year old boy who knew he was a dancer: he knew he was good at it and that he loved it. These facts did not alter the reality of having to audition to be accepted into the dance program. During that audition he did not restrict himself to any one formal technique instead he displayed his talents in tap, contemporary and ballet. Watching him dance you could see and feel his passion for his gift. At the end of the audition, one of the judges asked him, “What does it feel like when you’re dancing?” His response could not have been more authentic.

Don’t know. Sort of feels good. It’s sort of stiff and that, but once I get going then I, like forget everything and sort of disappear. Like I feel a change in my whole body. Like there’s a fire in me body. I’m just there, flying, like a bird. Like electricity. Yeah, like electricity.”

There is tremendous energy in the writing process for me. Every project I take on is an audition. It is an opportunity to show my clients what I love to do and how I can help. Like Elliott, when I am writing I feel a change, like there is a fire, a drive to let the ideas flow, to use all of my talents to create a piece that has passion, a piece that communicates, engages and inspires.

Allow the electricity that sparks my creativity ignite your mission.

4 Responses to “What Billy Elliott Taught Me About the Writing Process”

  1. 1 seth

    Bill Elliot was/is a race car driver!!! – good to see this up!!!

  2. 2 Christine

    Thanks for visiting, Seth.

    I wasn’t aware of that particular Bill Elliott. The one I am referring to in my blog was the young boy from the UK who was the leading role in the movie released in 2000 as well as the subsequent Broadway play.

  3. 3 Shirley

    I haven’t seen that movie but after your blog I certainly want to. Great blog!

  4. 4 Amy

    This is such a great reminder to DO WHAT YOU LOVE–and the rest will take care of itself. I love the line “I forget everything and sort of disappear”-this perfectly explains living your passion. Thanks for the reminder, Christine!

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