Welcome to my favorite day of the week with Weekend Warriors where writers share eight sentences of works in progress or already published writing. This week my eight continues with an introduction to Chris Williams, co-star of Becca Morgan. After receiving the news that he’s cast in a new romantic comedy, he reads the script.
Before the Final Curtain, an excerpt in eight:
Chris scrutinized every word and pictured every scene; the one where the main characters realize they may have a future together moved him to tears. “Once smooth without a scar or blemish is not possible; this is life and we show the marks of experience because at the end, no one leaves the wrapping as smooth as we came in. Look past my scars to see my heart– my unblemished gift to you.” Chris squeezed his eyes shut when he finished reading in hope of tears not falling on the wonderful script but they did, like sudden raindrops.
Then Chris began the real work, highlighting lines, memorizing as he turned pages to cram the words into his memory bank over and over until he slammed the script on his desk and shouted, “Yes, I can!”. In bed with her, back in the good old bad days, we’d go over lines and let them flow.
“You’re not in bed with her, yet” he said out loud and picked up the script, “so learn the first page, pretend her warm body is next to you and the lines will come to you.”
Three hours later, Chris nailed his first scene.
For more snippets:
Book 3 of Charmaine Gordon’s New Series!
Before the Final Curtain
Once lovers, aging actors collide on stage as stars in a romantic comedy written and directed by a manipulative director. Add to the mix the talented assistant, a tough stage manager, one prominent costume designer, two young actors, secrets and gossip. Show business. There’s no business like it.
From the new Charmaine Gordon series The Beginning…Not the End.
Mature Love, Romance, Suspense.
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