There is this great line from the musical Come From Away, “The one thing I loved more than anything was used as a bomb.” I think that moment in this amazing show about stranded passengers during 9/11 is what resonated the most for me.
Who hasn’t had that moment when the thing they loved the most was changed into something bad? As a writer, I deal with editors, script consultants, reviewers, and even readers sometimes. I don’t know every writer in the world, but the ones I do know can spend hundreds of hours on a single chapter or scene trying to make sure the perfect balance for the work. This isn’t a job. It’s a passion. It’s a life calling. If I won the lottery, (oh God, please let me win something), if I won the lottery tomorrow, I would still write. When people go on vacation to get away from their job, I often marvel at the concept. I don’t know how to take a vacation from my own head. The movie theater in my mind has been open for business all of my life, and not visiting it to me is the same thing as cutting off a limb.
So thank you to the people who remember that for every book and movie you watch, there’s a writer, shut up in a room by themself, working for hours to make your entertainment as perfect as possible. We know we’ll never reach it, but we still try.
And thank you to the writers of Come From Away for creating a musical that resonates in so many ways. I love it.