Writer and director Nora Ephron passed away yesterday, which is quite a loss for the film and literary industry. Her When Harry Met Sally is one of the best romantic comedies ever. Much like YA, romantic comedies don’t get a lot of credit, but a well written one can truly touch on what so many of us experience on a daily basis.
One part of her obituary in the New York Times struck me in particular. About working with Ephron, Meryl Streep said:
“Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, ‘Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?'”
I wish more people looked at their job and coworkers and had that same thought. Although writing is often seen as a solitary activity, I think there’s a huge element of community to it. I’m going to try to instill this philosophy into my writing life.