Getting Into Character: Method Acting for Writers

Do you know what method-acting is? Have you ever thought about applying it to your writing? If you’re struggling with writer’s block, feeling like your character is flat and lifeless, or just want to add a bit of fun to your day, try this!

Today we’re getting back to the heart of Stage to Page’s mission, which is helping authors develop the ability to see the world through the mind of their character.

We’re already focusing on the challenge of writing 1,000 words every day, learning to do them in increasing increments. But how about a fun challenge? One that takes no extra time?

Pick A Chore

Ready? Pick a chore you have to do today – making your bed, washing dishes, gassing up the car, or locking up at work. Now pick a character – it can be your main character, a side character, or the little-seen spouse of the character.

Pick a Character

Now pick a character – it can be your main character, a side character, or the little-seen spouse of the character. 

Physical Habits

Do your chore how you think the character would do it.

This means if it’s complex or an important chore, pick a character who would get the job done even better than you would.
Would they add the decorative pillow onto the bed or leave it in the corner? Would they sweep the dirt into a dustpan, out the door, or just move the dirt from the center of the room to the side? Would they get dressed putting on shoes before shirt just in case they had to make a dash for it? Would they double-check their work before leaving?

Character’s Mentality

What do they feel emotionally about doing the task? Do they feel it’s beneath them, is it routine, or do they take pride in how well they do it?

Even if you can’t physically do what your character would try as best you can to see the task through their mindset. It may surprise you at what you learn, both about your character and about your habits.
So what do you plan to try, and which character will you choose? Let us know in the comments below!