“The noddies consist of nods and other similar “listening gestures” made by the interviewer. If only one camera is available at the interview site, then these shots are recorded after the actual interview takes place.”
When you’re reading what you’ve written a day or two later, you feel like slapping your characters to knock some sense into them… 🙂
Another pitfall is wandering eyeballs. Your characters are forever gazing at something or other. They meet each other’s gazes, and stare at each other.
In real life, most people don’t stare at others. It’s discourteous — staring people in the eye mostly happens in the movies.
The noddies are OK in your first draft
Noddies are fine in your first draft.
In How to Write Scenes in Novels and Short Stories, I gave you an easy way to write scenes, so that something actually happens in your scenes.
When you use this process for writing scenes, your characters will get the noddies, and that’s OK. You can fix it the next day, when you read through your scene. Or you can fix it in your next draft.
Wandering eyes are OK too, in first draft material, so don’t be obsessive when you’re trying to get the story down. You can fix irritating character behavior in your next draft.
The fix: focus on your characters’ thoughts
Characters who sigh a lot are a hassle too. Just this morning, I realized that the main character in one of my current novels in progress is the Queen of the Dramatic Sigh. That’s OK, I’ll stop her sighing from now on, and will fix the problem while I’m editing.
Generally speaking, when your fictional characters get nods, wondering eyes, sighs, and other twitches, you can fix it by focusing on their emotions.
Ask yourself how each character’s feeling in a scene. A physical tic like a sigh reveals thoughts. What’s she thinking, and feeling? Write down her thoughts. Don’t describe the emotion — readers will get what the emotion is, from the character’s thoughts.
Keep writing — every writer has these kinds of challenges
When you find yourself with a bunch of characters twitching away, don’t despair. It’s fine — it happens to every writer. All our fictional characters behave in this way. Never concern yourself with pitfalls like this when you’re writing — all that matters is that you get the words down.
You can — and you will — fix the madness later.
Have fun. 🙂
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