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Picking Sides – Stream of Consciousness Saturday (side)

“Which side do you want?” she asked.

Thinking a moment, he replied, “Well, the upside to taking the one side is that it’s closer to the door. The downside is I could bump into something or trip over something if I was in a hurry. If I take the other side, I’m closer to the window.”

He cast a sideways glance at his companion, and added as an aside, “Besides, this is your case and you’re higher ranking than me. Shouldn’t you be deciding?”

“Fine. You take the right, I’ll go left.”

She cocked her gun, opened the car door, and ran up to the left side of the front door of the house, standing between it and the window. He cocked his gun and followed her, taking up his spot on the right-hand side of the door.

He reached over and turned the handle, bracing for whatever might be waiting for them on the other side of the door.

 

 

 

 

This short story blurb is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday:

http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-july-1914/

 


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Method Writing

An interesting way to write

Writing characters who are vastly different to ourselves is something many of us do, or at least strive to do. It’s not easy to extract one’s personality completely from the page – we can only write what we know, after all. Yes, imagination is a far-reaching avenue, but how do we make it stretch as far as it can possibly go?

I have a theory that is probably not all that unique, but I’d like to share it anyway.

When I was in high school drama class, I learned about something called the Stanislavski Method, or, Method Acting. For a full description of what it is and how it came about click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislavski%27s_system In my own words I can tell you it’s a method of acting where the actor studies the motivations of the character and makes use of empathetic observations in order to “become” the character. Its a…

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