The Man Who Invented Christmas is based on a book of the same name by Les Standiford. It tells the true story of how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol.
It was a nerd’s dream. It took me right back to reading Great Expectations in ninth grade. And it makes me want to read more of Dickens’s work. It was also nice to see his writing process. Now I know I’m not the only writer whose imagination works in fits and spurts.
How Did he Do It?
There’s a scene in the movie where Dickens, played by Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast), is reading a draft of A Christmas Carol to one of his servants to see what she thinks of it. When he finishes reading, she asks him “How do you do that?” Somewhat confused, he says “Do what?” And his servant, Tara, says something to the effect of “Make the characters come alive. I can almost see and hear them people.”
I kind of wonder the same thing. How did Dickens make something out of nothing? All the stories I’ve written – with the exception of fan fiction – are somewhat based on my own experiences. My characters are based on people I know. Maybe it’s the journalist in me, but I can’t just make something up. I wish I could so I wouldn’t have to worry about putting too much of myself into a story. Hopefully a creative writing class will help me with this.