Writing Like an Actor

I once saw an interview with Ian Holm (think Bilbo in The Fellowship of the Ring) where he described this approach to his film roles: for each take of a scene, he would adopt a fresh angle.

The lines were the same.

The setting was the same.

But he always tweaked his delivery, just to see how it could be different. The end result was that he thoroughly explored his character and gave the director a whole slew of different options for the final film.

Are you stuck on a scene? Do your characters feel wooden? Or maybe something’s just not right, but you can’t put your finger on it.

Try writing from a fresh angle. Play around with your characters. Give them…

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2 responses to “Writing Like an Actor

  1. Awesome, Marissa. Great advice. I’ll have to try this out. 🙂

  2. marissaburt

    Thanks Tyhitia!

    Hope your MG writing is going well – all set for nano this year?

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