You know, I’ve always wanted to be an actress. Well, at least when I was younger. I even joined the drama club in Secondary School (Junior High) and managed to get a few small parts, before stopping completely because of exams.
Once or twice I can even remember getting butterflies in the pit of my stomach, and experiencing stage fright. But thankfully I have learnt how to deal with them, because even now it rears its ugly head just to show me who’s the boss. Each time though, I take it in stride, always making a decision to do what I am supposed to do. Read a piece of poetry or give a speech.
But before all of that, there was always writing. Something for which I didn’t need to learn any more lines, because I would be the one creating them. The one assuming the role of that said character, or the entire cast, depending on what the story needed. Busy learning how to come up with appropriate lines for entirely different situations, which (as I am sure all of know) is more than nice.
Believe me, writing is amazing. So, when I read that piece of advice posted above – become your character at least when you write from the novel on writing, Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint (by Nancy Kress), I thought I’d share it with you. Because our readers cannot go into our heads, to learn everything we know about our characters. Instead, we have to get everything down on the page, leaving only the salient bits that are relevant (for whatever part of the story they are at).
And what better way to do that than by crawling into our character’s (/ characters’) skin. Especially when writing, so we can create an accurate picture. Get everything that’s pertinent. Then, when we’re done, we can slip back out, and assess what we’ve done. Both as a writer, but also preferably as a reader, to ensure that everything’s just alright.
Like always, keep writing and all the best!