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Author Topic: 'Acting Out' Story Scenes In Real Life  (Read 2355 times)
Lutrina Lontra
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« on: November 17, 2010, 12:47:08 AM »

Whenever I sit down to write a scene, no matter what it is or how important it is to the story, sometimes the unthinkable happens: I can't figure out what to write.

Frustrating. As. Hell.

Of course, if I'm in a writing mood, then I know I've gotta do something about this problem. What I've done quite often in the past is simply act out the scene. I stand up, walk away from the computer, and start playing the part of each of the characters. I speak and act like them on the moment, based on what I want to have happen in the scene. Sometimes I'll even carry out the actions as well. For example, if one scene involves a character getting beat up and left crying (say for a high school/college drama story), I'll take out my frustrations (XD) on a pillow, and then switch sides and become the victim.

Then I get up, put the room back in order, sit down, and start writing again. It's a lot harder to do this now as opposed to back in high school because I pretty much had the house to myself during the day, so nobody was around to walk in on me. Now I'm in college, in a small room surrounded by other students, and I have a roommate. Still, I sometimes risk embarrassment by playing out the scene myself as I'm writing or for inspiration.

Yeah, I know I'm crazy. Anybody else around here as crazy as me? ^////^
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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2010, 12:56:26 AM »

I've never resorted to that particular method that I can remember.

What I often do in the same situation is skip to what happens afterward. Frequently that will help me to go back and fill in the segment in between.
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2010, 01:20:51 AM »

I have done it, especially if trying to figure out when two characters brawl or the like, helps me picture it better.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2010, 10:34:06 PM »

When that happens to me, it usually means that I'm asking a character to do something, well, out of character. I was once stuck and asked the POV character why. He pointed out that he was in a crisis and I wanted him to be submissive to another character. He was in a fightin mood, so I re-wrote it.
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« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2010, 04:12:26 AM »

I've never 'acted out' a scene in one of my stories before per se, however some times if I find myself stuck I will close my computer, sit in my chair, and I will think through the various actions the characters could take over and over, until I have found the actions that best fit them.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2010, 08:28:37 PM »

You're not alone, Lutrina, although if I had the bad case of Writer's Block while I'm jotting a few sentences down in public, I would whip out a deck of Brian Eno's Oblique Strategies and consult whatever card I pull out of the deck as a vantage point for breaking the obstruction. Don't be insane to purchase $60 or more for a deck however.

This is much better.
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« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2011, 04:42:30 PM »

Yeah, you're not crazy at all. This isn't how I get inspiration, it's how I write. I just create each of the characters in my head, and watch them like a movie, writing down what they say and do. That's my entire writing process; just watch a movie in my brainbox, and write down everything that happens. I guess I'm more of a stenographer than a writer.
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« Reply #7 on: January 27, 2011, 04:27:43 PM »

Yeah, you're not crazy at all. This isn't how I get inspiration, it's how I write. I just create each of the characters in my head, and watch them like a movie, writing down what they say and do. That's my entire writing process; just watch a movie in my brainbox, and write down everything that happens. I guess I'm more of a stenographer than a writer.

This is exactly how I write! Of course I fill in the details to help other people picture it when I'm done, but that's generally how it goes. Stories are supposed to show you a little "brain movie" and this process just puts that in reverse! Works for me.
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2011, 06:51:51 PM »

Yeah, you're not crazy at all. This isn't how I get inspiration, it's how I write. I just create each of the characters in my head, and watch them like a movie, writing down what they say and do. That's my entire writing process; just watch a movie in my brainbox, and write down everything that happens. I guess I'm more of a stenographer than a writer.

This is exactly how I write! Of course I fill in the details to help other people picture it when I'm done, but that's generally how it goes. Stories are supposed to show you a little "brain movie" and this process just puts that in reverse! Works for me.

The thing that surprises me the most is how neatly the logic works out. I start a story knowing little more than my characters do, yet it all works out in the end somehow.
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