Being an actor has made me a better writer. Having to learn how to get into another person’s head and act like them physically is immensely helpful for trying to get into so many character’s heads when writing a story.
I’m going to share with you a visualization exercise that I do to help me. Close your eyes as you do each paragraph and imagine seeing everything through your character’s eyes.
You wake up. Are you in a bed? A make shift bed? The ground? If you reach your hand out what texture do you feel?
You sit up. Are you in a room? Outside? What sounds do you hear?
Now you stand up. Is this easy, or difficult? Are you excited for the day, nervous, uncaring? Why is that?
What sort of morning routine do you do now? If you have the option to change clothes, what will you wear? What do wish you had to wear?
Now you walk over to a mirror, or lake or some sort of reflective surface. What do you look like? How do you feel about the way you look? Is there something you want to change? How do you feel about yourself as a person?
Now what does your character have to do today? What are they looking forward to? What are they dreading? What do they wish they were doing?
You step outside of where ever you are- what does the world around you look like? What is the weather like? Are there people or animals nearby? What is your reaction to them? Is there anyone you hope to run into? Anyone you hope to avoid? What reaction do you have to this world-does it calm you, make you tense, afraid, determined, excited about life?
Let this all sink in and realize what in this moment you want more than anything. What if your goal in life, your dream for yourself? How are you going to accomplish it?
I hope this helps everyone- happy writing!