Live Theater…A Tool for Creation of Great Characters

Have you ever been to a professional play or musical? I recently went to see a live production of “The Three Musketeers” with my family. Aside from being a ton of fun, it also was an inspiring exercise for writing.

In live theater–much more so than in films or TV–the characters develop clear body language to help portray character and emotions. Facial expressions are exaggerated. Speech and tone of voice are larger-than-life. Why does this benefit us as writers? Because we spend so much of our time creating characters’ actions, movements, quirks, and so on–nonverbal insights into what the character thinks and feels, into who the character really is.

Attend a live show and pay attention to how the actors portray their characters. You might be inspired!

:) Cheryl
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