The best way I learned how to write characters in certain situations was not only to write an interview sheet or questionnaire but I also took acting classes back when I majored in film while in college. And I strongly believe every writer should take at least one. What does acting have to do with writing fiction novels?
Well in my opinion a lot really.
Taking the acting classes allowed me to find out that actors want the same things that writers want for their characters .They don’t want card board cut out characters. They want to be able to live and breathe them.
So like writers actors study their characters . They know them so much that they know exactly what the character’s fears are.
And this is important to do this for not only the actor but the writer. Both actor and writer has to be sure not give away too much of the character or give too little. I know it’s hard but if it’s done right both audience and reader can ultimately feel the emotion that the writer and actor is trying to convey .
Actors are also taught to stay rooted in the characters POV. By learning this through acting it helps the writer do that very thing and not to get sidetracked by head hopping.
Also when I learn about acting . I learned about how to write better dialogue . AND BETTER SUBTEXT. There are number of different ways to say something especially if you forget your lines. No real thinking allowed. You have to think quick on your feet .
Also you find out what creates laughs, what incites anger , what creates the tears .
Also how to deliver action. Sometimes when I sit at my desk and I write a scene find myself acting act the action. There is also some deep script and character analysis exercises that actors have to go through in their classes or training.
There are a thousand different ways to act a scene . Like how you write a scene.
In an acting class you can go all out. Act as wild and crazy as you want to develop the character to the level you feel is best . The same I can also say in writing. That’s one thing I liked acting classes . You could have fun.
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