Tuesday, 29 December 2009
When I start to edit, I have a process. One thing I like to do is take each scene, or for some of you, each chapter, and act out the characters in turn.
1) I highlight each character's actions and their lines in a different color
2) I visualize the scene in my head (what the room or area looks like)
3) I visualize what my character is wearing and holding or doing
4) Then, I direct myself as each character-- moving around and saying each line.
Why? Why is this sometimes a good idea?
When reading through your work, sometimes it's easy to miss errors. Perhaps a minor character was standing in a doorway and then he's in the attic. Perhaps he's wearing a red jumper and then he pulls a mobile from his jacket pocket. Was he wearing a jacket?
I'm not saying this works every time but you can catch many inconsistencies. When in doubt, act it out!