The other night I watched an episode of Frasier where Frasier and his brother Niles try to write a book together. It was frustrating yet amusing at the same time. I'm not trying to publish non-fiction but I've read enough to know that the situation was unrealistic (shocker, I know). It made me think back to Steve Martin's remake of Cheaper by the Dozen. It's been a long time since I've seen it (I prefer the original movie, and the book is hilarious) so correct me if I'm wrong but in the movie doesn't she just write it up, send if off, get published then go on this huge book tour ending up in an interview with Oprah, who was coming to their house? How often does that happen? There's also The Shining, which I REALLY hope isn't an accurate portrayal of a writer.
I'm sure the process is abbreviated or altered for different reasons, one to fit in the time constraints, or for comedic purposes like the Frasier episode. And really who wants to watch a movie about the But In Chair method of writing anyway? The only portrayal of writing I could come up with that seems realistic, if atypical, was in the book I Capture the Castle. A book I love.
Can you think of any portrayals of writing in film or book? Are they realistic or hilariously off track?