From my acting class to writing my books.

From my acting class to writing my books.

Let me tell you about one of the most powerful acting classes I’ve ever experienced.

It was in my first month at my acting school, and my Meisner professor gave us a peculiar dynamic to work on. We had to think of a dramatic situation involving something that has happened or might happen in your life. Something that would trigger strong emotions from you (ex. a sick loved one, someone’s death, terrible news). The situation required a simple question with a yes, or no answer, “Will my brother survive the accident? “Does my mother have cancer?” You get the picture.

To create the mood, he dimmed the lights in the room and asked us to be silent for a few minutes, while a friend of your choice would be outside waiting to enter with your yes or no answer. The professor asked us to pray in whatever religion we believed in to add more depth to the scene.

At first, I was skeptical the exercise would bring any reaction from us. It all seemed too distant, too much imagination to work. How wrong I was.

Some of my friends went on the first day, and I was stunned by how much they would cry or even yell. It made me anxious to get over with my scene because the whole situation left me on the edge.

But my time came only on the second day of the class. Even after watching my classmates, I still didn’t believe I could get any reaction from the scene. But when I stepped in the middle of the room, with the dimmed lights, complete silence, my eyes closed and praying for my answer to be no, I felt as if everything was truly happening.

When my friend entered the room nearly crying (the deep emotions also struck those who had the weight of the answer), and said yes, the tears fell down my eyes, and my sobs filled the emptiness of the room. I trembled; I cried in her arms, and my heart felt broken beyond repair. In my mind, the doctors just told me my mom had cancer, and I felt as if it were real—as if I could truly lose her.

When the scene ended, I had to breathe to bring me back to reality. The professor waited until I was ready to speak. It was surreal as if I stepped into another person’s life.

I knew it was just imagination, which was the beauty of the safety of a scene. You can experience those emotions, without actually suffering the consequences.

I believe the same happens in writing. We need to experience what our characters are feeling and actually put ourselves in their positions, to bring out the truest reactions.

Don’t be afraid to experience those emotions. It will only add more soul into your writing and your characters. Even if your story is more plot-driven, the characters are the ones who live in it, who connect with your readers. We read to understand us as humans and to experience transformation.

I’m not an actor anymore, but those lessons stayed with me. It’s amazing how human nature works. That’s what artists do. We study it and represent it in our art the way we understand it.

Have you ever felt something so powerful, either reading a book, writing, or acting? 

Throne of Glass – Review

Throne of Glass – Review

Hello dearies,

This is the second review I’m writing, and just like the previous, I won’t be rating the book from 1 to 5 stars. I don’t believe in rating because I think it’s super subjective. What might be a five for me, might be a three for you and you might have enjoyed it the same way, though your critics might be towards something else.

Therefore, I will only write how the book made me feel and the things I liked about it, instead of just writing a synopsis of it.

Here we go:

Book: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while since I’ve seen so many reviews and pictures of it (I love bookstagrams). It was a fast read for me; I wouldn’t put the book down, and got really hooked in the story. We follow a young trained assassin, Celaena Sardothien,  through a life-death contest to become the King of Adarlan’s Champion, and with that winning her freedom (she’s been on a slave camp for over a year). I expected a lot more action from this book, since the real juice only started to appear on the second half of the story. I think the writer lost way too much time with love triangles that are poorly developed (I’m a little tired of love triangles) and frivolous conversations, instead of showing more of the assassins ability and strength (sometimes she came out a little too whiny making me wonder how did she became the best assassin of the Kingdom). For example, the contest is designed with many tests, but we only read a few of them, others are just skimmed through.

With that being said, I liked the character development, since we learn she is not just a cold-hearted assassin, but more of a girl that was thrown into this world and had to do anything to survive. We see her starting to care for other people than herself, which shows that her soul is way more human than what people thought of her. The end leaves you wanting to understand more since some important information lightly appears towards the final chapters. Who is she? Who is her family? How powerful is she? We start to learn that there is a big secret around her, and the author is pretty clever at giving bits and pieces of information throughout the story that the reader must connect. Instead of throwing everything at once, she kind of turns us into little detectives, trying to figure out what is actually going on, before the heroine does.

I definitely recommend reading it, it is a well-developed story, that catches your attention from beginning to end and definitely makes you want more. The author did a great job at creating this new universe, with different customs, religion, and history. I loved the writing style and her POV choice. I’ve grown very accustomed to first person POV, so it was a nice break from it. The way she writes is smooth, simple, yet it fits the genre, setting, and atmosphere of the book perfectly. I’m already on my way to get the second book of the series since I have to kill my curiosity.

Have you read Throne of Glass? What were your thoughts on it?