Lights. Camera. Action.

Missing an entrance cue can mess up the whole story. That’s why good actors wait in the wings, listening for their cue, ready to take the stage. The characters in our fiction writing are a lot like anxious actors. They fidget in our minds, waiting for just the right moment to take their place in our story. If we allow them to come in too soon, no one else on the stage is ready for them. The tension has not been put into place to heighten their appearance. Come in too late, and the tension has fizzled. Knowing when to cue a character’s entrance takes practice and sometimes sheer luck.

Likewise, knowing when to make an appearance on life’s stage takes guts. Today, I’m making my first blog appearance. Pretty gutsy for the technically challenged. Having spent the last twenty years helping people excel on the stage, I’m going to use this forum to help writers glean stage tips that can help them flesh out three-dimensional characters. We’ll be taking a look at everything from body language to vocal inflection.

Stop by regularly. Better yet, sign up for the feed.

If all the world’s a stage, then may the nuggets dispensed here garner the applause of heaven.

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About lynnegentry

Wife. Mother. Writer. Acting Coach. Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy.
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20 Responses to Lights. Camera. Action.

  1. Yeah Lynne,
    Good words and concept. I signed up so my words can dance on the stage the Lord has for me. : )

  2. Great blog, Lynne! Looking forward to your next post!

  3. Joshua Conner says:

    Good stuff Lynne, I just may start writing….

  4. Love your Scripture there! Great blog, Lynne.

  5. Eric says:

    Great idea. Can’t wait for more!

  6. Megan says:

    Looks good mom! Proud of you! Does this apply to medicine too? 🙂

  7. Janice Olson says:

    What a great start. I’m excited to see what will come next. You got it in you girl. Knock ’em dead!
    Blessings on your new adventure.
    Janice

  8. Mary Williams says:

    You, technically challenged? Pff, I don’t think so. Way to go!

  9. Laura says:

    Write On Sister!!

  10. Sandra Bishop says:

    Nice premiere, Lynne. Break a leg!

  11. Julie Marx says:

    This is exactly what I need. Lynne, you’re my hero!

  12. leann says:

    You did a great job, Lynn. It’s not to terribly painful. I’d be writing with pen and paper, but techology has put me into this world.

  13. Lee Carver says:

    Fantastic premise for a blog, Lynne! I need this. Look forward to your future posts.
    Lee Carver

  14. Elida Vidos says:

    Love it! Looking forward to more.

  15. Lisa Hararis says:

    Yeah! I’m thrilled you’ve made the leap into cyber-world! And what a great premise!

  16. Holly Smith says:

    Yeah Lynne count me in to hear your tips-you are very knowledgeable-thanks for sharing!

  17. Patti Shene says:

    Enjoyed your blog and look forward to reading more to help me with characterization.

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