Friday, November 11, 2016
Normal, Every day People, who Control the Fate of our Novellas
Speaking with Roberto Stopello was awesome, but I wish I had asked him about writer's block and how he deals with the pressure of writing an engaging, successful telenovela. La Reina del Sur and Señora Acero are both such successful novellas that gold becomes the standard, which is not a bad thing, but perhaps not realistic. Writing is not an easy undertaking, and I feel like is often taken for granted. Crafting a compelling drama is incredibly impressive because of how much thought is required to do so, and for Stopello to have two or three enthralling story lines is mind blowing. I don't know if he would have had an answer, simply because writing is one of those crafts that you either have it or you don't and the process can be difficult to describe. Monica said she spends 12 hours of the day writing, which is nuts. I mean that's half of the day! I was encouraged by their vitality and energy, which were both unexpected given how mentally exhausting the writing and story development process is. They were both also so humble, despite essentially being movie stars themselves. People recognize Monica's face and name, all because she is a phenomenal story teller, and I am sure the same is true of Roberto. So for them to be gracious with their time and open with their answers was both surprising and encouraging.