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September 9, 2011

A CHARACTER OR THE DIRECTOR

Filed under: Uncategorized — register1 @ 7:13 pm

When you write stories, do you imagine yourself as one of the characters or do you imagine yourself as a director. For me, I imagine myself visually directing my characters even though as writers, we direct them through our writing style. I remember taking a film class in high school, and I was the director as well as the writer of the script my classmates had to play out. I held the big and slightly heavy video camera and directed. When I said, “Take 1,” the story came alive through the actors. When I said, “Take 2, or Take 3,” the story was getting better as the errors and mishaps were slowly disappearing from them. As a novelist, I do a take 1, take 2, and take 3 by scratching sentences and paragraphs with a pen and revising continuously. The story was getting better as the errors were being replaced by polish plots and characters. I think if it wasn’t for the film class, I would imagine myself as one of the characters most of the time. I do imagine myself as one of the characters sometimes, but I enjoyed seeing every part of the story; looking from the outside as the director. Of course, I hear other professionals tell novelists to imagine themselves as a character, and they are right. Yet, I find myself more comfortable as the director. Do you imagine yourself as one of the characters or do you imagine yourself as a director when you write?

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2 Comments »

  1. Both ways seems to help with the writing process. Sometimes I imagine I am one character in a scene and think about how that character would react to the other characters in the scene. What questions would they have? Which ones would they ask out loud? How would they feel. Then I turn around and and imagine myself as the other character and ask the same questions. This brings out some interesting ideas. Thanks for your thoughts.

    Comment by Kristina Stanley — September 15, 2011 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  2. My acting background helps in checking character motivations my director experience aids in where the character are in a room and action because of blocking.

    Ruth Willerth
    http://www.smatteringsbooks.com/wordpress/

    Comment by Ruth Willerth — November 8, 2011 @ 9:50 pm | Reply


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