What is life without stupid questions? I live by stupid questions and am fed a multitude of them on a daily basis. So...let me wax annoyingly and offer up a musing of my own: Do you think writers are good actors?
I thought about this recently while sitting at my desk reading dialogue out loud. It's something I do. It's probably one of the reasons I went the longest time without a date before getting married. I held off the readings out loud until after the wedding, and then to my amazement, she didn't seem to mind.
That being said, when I do my readings, I am incredibly animated. I sometimes think it would be a good idea to get a bunch of costumes and makeup and keep them by my computer to help me get into the mood. Wait..was that too personal? Rewind.
When writing, I try and become the character, I want to hear that character's voice, hear his thoughts, imagine that when he does something on paper that it is true to who he is. Having read much about acting and having played Felix in a bad amateur production of "The Odd Couple" (some people are even now gasping---Felix? The clean, finicky guy? Not the grumpy, messy one?), I think actors and writers share some appreciation and empathy for character.
It's amazing to sometimes listen to writers read their work. Often when we do, we are one dimensional. We pretty much read in one vein. Jon Zech is usually folksy and reads like that guy who does the Disney voice overs for the nature films, for example. Chuck Zaglanis reads with this welcoming come-hither tone. Me? I chew the scenery, relishing in description that will shock people around me...and have been known to improvise as I read to truly offend. Even when reading a child's poem.
But reading out loud is one thing.
I still wonder, if you put me and Chuck in dresses and told us to star in a remake of "Some Like It Hot" (somewhere out there Ferrel Moore just went running out of the room), would we be able to pull it off with aplomb? Could Jon Zech handle Hamlet?; how would Charles Gramlich do playing opposite Sidney Williams in a new version of "Inherit The Wind"? How about Mark Rainey in a musical based on the life of John Wayne Gacy? Ferrel Moore in an imagining of "Dr. Strange" (someone will have to tell him who that is). I try and imagine people in the Royal Oak group and wonder if Joe could submerge himself into a reimagining of Darth Vader, Kim as Princess Leia, Aubreii and Gwen as female versions of Hans Solo and Obi-Wan respectively. Just trying to think out of the box.
Does creativity transfer to other forms? Is it plug and play? Can writers act?