The Two Faces of January – Film/Book Review


Well, this it again, another year out of the way and another one 2017, just around the corner!  So how did 2016 go for you?  Did you have the hand of good fortune on your shoulder?  Did you get many creative writing projects completed to your satisfaction!  How about that elusive book deal, so good it left you grinning like a Cheshire cat?  I really hope that you did.

But for the rest of us 2017 is going to be the year! Okay so you might have heard this before probably from me, but it’s still better to plan and fail than to not plan anything at all.

Plans are an indication that you have some idea where you want to go, given half the chance. It’s just that sometimes life happens and you fail to achieve what you would like.  This is common, but don’t under any circumstances give up completely.  Make 2017 be the year for new plans, like I said plan to write daily even if it’s only for ten minutes. Believe me this is better than nothing.

What you want to achieve and I have said this many times before is you want to get to the stage where you miss writing if you don’t do it.  Also, it is a way of training your brain to see the importance of creative writing and before long you will actually feel like a writer.  I am guessing that once you feel like a writer you will be encouraged to do more of it. Give it a go and let me know how you get on.

Now then, you know in the past I have spoken about books which have been made into films. Well, last night I watched the movie The Two Faces of January.  It was taken from a book written by Patricia Highsmith in 1964 (she also wrote The Talented Mr Ripley).  

The Two Faces of January I thought was an excellent film.  It is a thriller about a man who is married to a much younger wife, who is basically a swindler.  Anyway, his past catches up with him which causes him and his wife to flee to Crete and then Turkey. There are lots of twists and turns, and it’s very well acted by Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac. If you want to find out how it all ends I would highly recommend you see it.

Well, you know what I am going to say next.  How good would you feel if that was your book? Great, yes I know, so would I.  It might seem like a long shot now, but the only way to possibly make this happen is to finish that manuscript to the best of your ability and send it off.

Let’s make it happen in 2017.  

Good Luck, and Happy Writing!


Published by Sharon's Writers Tidbits

Sharon is a writer who lives in north London and has a long-held passion for the art and craft of creative writing. Sharon's main interests are novels, short stories and poetry. She also enjoys writing non-fiction. She is an avid reader and has a threatening TBR pile of books!

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