Envisioning that Oscar with Acting Workshops

“That’d make a great movie!”

Have you ever looked at something you’ve written and thought that? I know I have. Oscar acceptance speech…done!

It’s correctly been said that you need to read a lot to become a great writer. Conversely,  no one’s become a great writer by watching a lot of movies. But I don’t think spending time with quality film would be a detriment to your writing skills. A great actor playing a compelling character could really inspire one’s creative juices.

(But before you pop in that Diff’rent Strokes DVD, I’m referring to quality films with gritty characters that reflect the true base of human strengths, frailties, struggles and triumphs. Think Scorsese.)

Like most writers, I try to document the important physical details of every scene. Is it dark? Is it cold? Does it smell? And I think like an actor when my characters enter the scene.  What brought me here? What do I think of this place? What do I want here?

The only challenge is that an actor only has think for his or her character. The writer has to think for them all.

I’ve taken several acting workshops and they’ve definitely helped me with character development. Everything from their individual motivations right down to their actual dialogue can be realized by becoming the character, just like an actor would do. I’d recommend acting workshops not only for screenplay writers but novelists as well.

In short, I always have that mental motion picture going. Who knows?…maybe I’ll see one of those motion pictures on an actual screen one day. Stranger things have happened.

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

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Richard S. Todd’s 90.3 CKUT Interview Streaming Link

Hey everyone!

Thanks to everyone who listened in to my interview on February 14th with Jeffrey Mackie on 90.3 CKUT FM Montreal. For those of you that couldn’t listen in live, here’s how to access the audio stream:

1) Click right here for the 90.3 CKUT archive website.

2) On the window that pops up, find the “Stream Show” icon (looks like a little speaker with sound waves) for either 64 kbps or 128 kbps in Hour One under Tuesday, February 14th, 2012.

3) Click on the “Stream Show” icon.

4) iTunes will open with the audio file. To go directly to my interview, fast forward to 30:40.

Alternatively you can just download the file using the “Download File” icon, but you won’t be able to fast forward directly to my interview.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

Live on CKUT Radio Tomorrow!

Hey everyone!

90.3 CKUT FM morning host Jeffrey Mackie will be interviewing me tomorrow morning (February 14, 2012) live on his show, so be sure to tune in. For all of you outside the Montreal area you can catch the show on ckut.ca.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.

“Clive” – a Free Short Story for You!

First of all, thank you for your notes and emails marking my birthday yesterday. Greetings from my readers always make events like these that much more festive.

And in keeping with that spirit, it’s time to keep a promise I made a few weeks ago about the free short story download.

The story is called “Clive“, and it was published in the Brainstorms anthology pictured in the sidebar. I’ll be featuring it in a new collection I plan to put together, but in the meantime please enjoy “Clive” as my gift to you. Simply click here to download, read and enjoy. No strings, no expectations.

And if you’re so moved, please feel free to write a review right on the Smashwords site.

See you out there!

If you’re a writer, write. And if you’re a reader, keep reading. We need you!

Richard Todd is an author, blogger, and Social Media guy. Plus a few other things that get lost in the clutter. Visit him online at www.richard-todd.com.