Wednesday, May 4, 2011

And . . . ACTION!

Another acting class finished, and this one was grueling. I'm playing Catherine in Proof. Yikes! If I have to say "It's mine. I wrote it." one more time, I'm more likely to say, "You're right. There's no way in hell I wrote this."

There are three things I'm focused on in class:
* My lines
* My emotion
* My action

I've discovered that when I focus on one, the others go bye-bye. LOL!

This week the instructor talked about how action can create emotion. I know that as writers we're taught at pattern:
Feeling--> Action --> Speech
I've always operated on the sidelines of that belief because many times I've done something without a clearn thought about what I was feeling until after I did it . . . especially when high emotion was concerned. And then I thought, "Wow. I guess I was angry."

I also think with the right action, mentioning the "feeling" is unnecessary.
Tori hurled the vase against the wall. "Get out!"


  1. Hi Kim! LOL, it's frustrating when you have to go over the *same line* over and over. Hopefully you're not soured on acting classes after that.

  2. Ann,
    I have to say, I've given up acting. I know when to throw in the towel. I may continue to study the craft . . . at a safe distance, though. I liked getting into the way an emotion moves in the body. Knowing that kinda stuff (or being reminded of it) is good for my characters.