How Are All The Characters Feeling — All The Time?

Do not forget what each person in each scene is doing and feeling.

It’s strange to read screenplays where the writer marches through a scene and forgets to focus on a character for a while… the scene goes flat and we lose that character.

When you rewrite a scene, do a little cruise around the room and check in with each character and see if you’ve left them “off camera” too long.

It’s worth it to add this to your “laser beam read” checklist (see Chapter 68 of my amazing book!) for your rewrite… “This time I’ll revisit only the murder mystery…” “This read through, I’ll only look at slug lines…”

“This time, I’ll see if I’ve forgotten a character and what they are doing / feeling for too long during a scene…”

Gives you something to do!

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2 responses to “How Are All The Characters Feeling — All The Time?

  1. The laser beam read was one of the best pieces of advice in your book. The first time I tried it, I couldn’t believe the stuff that I had passed over during normal readings!

  2. Thanks for the kind words. Yeah, if you’re not looking for a specific THING, it can get lost if you’re just “reading.” Sometimes it’s better to look at the trees, not the forest.

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