A Writer’s Shortcut to Writing for Relationships: Tips from an Actor

As an actor, you may be working with another actor that you barely know and have no shared history. As a writer, you may be drafting a scene with two characters whose intertwining backstories you have not explored in depth. So how do you create the chemistry needed to give the characters realistic reactions — especially in a scene that should portray the complex emotions of a pre-existing history but doesn’t?

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