“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” – When Harry Met Sally…
Yesterday saw the passing of the beloved journalist, novelist, essayist, screenwriter and director, Nora Ephron. She created some of the most iconic romantic comedies ever, including Sleepless In Seattle, You've Got Mail, most recently Julie & Julia and of course – When Harry Met Sally…
For many of us, we'll remember her most for her work in film, but she started her professional life as a journalist, and has been a contributor to publications like The New York Post, Esquire, Vanity Fair and The New York Times, and she also blogged for The Huffington Post on a variety of topics from celebrities to cooking.
As the New York Times said, “All her articles were characterized by humor and honesty, written in a clear, direct, understated style marked by an impeccable sense of when to deploy the punchline.”
While it's tragic and sad to lose such a great talent, it's a reminder of just how inspiring the work of other writers, bloggers, artists – anyone, really – can be. We can learn so much from the creative icons that have defined our industries. Maybe you've mastered short, to-the-point sentences like Ernest Hemmingway or smart fashion reviews like Cathy Horyn. Perhaps you channel your storytelling mojo by listening to the lyrics of Paul Simon's music.
We are trailblazers in our industry by the nature of it's newness in the world of media, so it's up to us (whether your blog is five years old or five months old) to set an impressive standard. Most well known, prolific and successful writers achieved their level of acclaim for their mastery of a certain style. Our voices are shaped by our experiences, our interests and our personalities. Keep your perspective sharp and fresh by never slacking on your consumption of quality everything.
Watch classic movies. Devour critically-acclaimed books. Read, read, read!