AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Rosemary Patterson, iShelley Costello, iDeanna Jewel, iHank LeGrand, iPinckney Rivers, iJackie Miller, iKen Brosky, i

  Home > Publishing > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Mac McConnell

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Articles
· News
· Stories
· 11 Titles
· 12 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Feb, 2008

Mac McConnell, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.



Let Your Characters Speak for Themselves
by Mac McConnell   
Not "rated" by the Author.
Last edited: Saturday, March 01, 2008
Posted: Saturday, March 01, 2008

  Print   Save    Follow    Share 

Recent articles by
Mac McConnell

Jesus Kicked out of City Hall
Self Publish? Are You sure?
Drama Tips for your Public Persona
           >> View all

It is much more important than just a clever way to capture the audience; it changes the impact on the performer. It was beyond pretending. It is that acting magic when you feel like the person you want the audience to believe you are. The clincher is this. When you feel it-chances are the audience will too.


I was astounded when I first witnessed a one-man drama and the dramatist literally took on other characters in his own play. I will give you this-he was really good, but it totally caught me off guard. Not only did he capture me with the main "speaker" of the play, the Apostle Mark, but the other personalities were as believable. I was hooked. I was captivated.

He portrayed Mark as I said. Then he was Jesus, then a madman, then a Pharisee, then a leper, then a blind man, then--I can't remember them all. But what I do remember is, that performance changed my approach to my fledgling little play even the way I read the Bible.

It is much more important than just a clever way to capture the audience; it changes the impact on the performer. It was beyond pretending. It is that acting magic when you feel like the person you want the audience to believe you are. The clincher is this. When you feel it-chances are the audience will too.

The "secret" to this process is to sincerely rehearse in each persona. Don't say, "Mr. Rogers said -- Actually speak for Mr. Rogers in complete character even if you made the whole thing up. The best practice is to mimic commercial personalities-I have said this before-but you may have missed it. You might be amazed at how well you can impersonate commercial characters on the fly, even the Geiko gecko. "That would be lovely now wouldn't it."

What does this have to do with writing? Same thing applies. Don't write for your characters-let your characters write for themselves. "Hey, who-do-you think you are, you jerk?" Or something like that. Your writing will soar, and your characters will thank you. Well at least your readers will.

This simple technique is what will keep your readers coming back for more. The most delicious comment I receive from my little novella is, "I felt like I was there. I felt like I was in Bozra's sandals." That my friends, is all you can ask for.

What does this have to do with writing? Same thing applies. Don't write for your characters-let your characters write for themselves. "Hey, who-do-you think you are, you jerk?" Or something like that. Your writing will soar, and your characters will thank you. Well at least your readers will.

This simple technique is what will keep your readers coming back for more. The most delicious comment I receive from my little novella is, "I felt like I was there. I felt like I was in Bozra's sandals." That my friends is all you can ask for.

What does this have to do with writing? Same thing applies. Don't write for your characters-let your characters write for themselves. "Hey, who-do-you think you are, you jerk?" Or something like that. Your writing will soar, and your characters will thank you. Well at least your readers will.

This simple technique is what will keep your readers coming back for more. The most delicious comment I receive from my little novella is, "I felt like I was there. I felt like I was in Bozra's sandals." That my friends is all you can ask for.

 

Web Site: Historical Novellas



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!


Popular Publishing Articles
  1. Why I Stopped Caring and Learned to Love m
  2. Being a Children's Book Author in Today's
  3. Get Published - Know Your Markets
  4. 5 Things a Professional Manuscript Editor
  5. Transmedia Story-Telling (in a Holographic
  6. Writing Advice From Dr. Seuss
  7. Chiki Sarkar and the New Crop of Indian Ed
  8. Writing Tips From JK Rowlings
  9. Writing Advice From Ray Bradbury
  10. How to Write the Novel to Publishing Stan

Calling All Authors---How to Publish with Your Eyes Wide Open by Valerie publisher@nightengalepress.com

Revealing Publishing Myths, Misconceptions, and Realities for Published Authors and Writers Who Dream of Becoming Authors..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

I Wanna Win! Tips for Becoming an Award Winning Writer by Cheryl Wright

No Longer Available for Purchase..  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.