When I got a little older, I found another love: acting. It started my Freshman year of high school, when I tried out for the school production of “Lil’ Abner.” Even though I’d barely done any acting or singing in my life, I got a decent part, and was immediately addicted to the adrenaline rush of the spotlight. (The fact that there was a highly-favorable female to male ratio in theater probably didn’t hurt, either.)
During my senior year of high school, my life’s plan began to take shape: I would major in theater at Florida State University, then move to Los Angeles, do some acting, have some adventures and build up some life experience, then embark on my career as a novelist. Along the way, I hoped I might sell a screenplay or two, or get rich starring in my own TV series.
|Scene from the movie.|
|Another picture from the movie.|
The result of spontaneity in writing is the same as spontaneity in acting—it creates a feeling within the audience or the reader that anything can happen, that they’re living in an imaginary world brimming with unpredictable possibilities. Paradoxically, it also makes the story more real, because in real life, it’s hard to predict exactly what people will say or do, or what’s going to happen to us from day to day. In real life, random things happen all the time, so when you insert spontaneity into your writing, your bottling some of the volatility of reality and injecting it into your story.
I don’t act much, anymore. It takes too much time and energy away from my true calling, which is writing. But it’s always nice to have a reminder to live, and write, “in the moment.”
J. Gabriel Gates is the author of “Dark Territory” and “Ghost Crown,” books 1 and 2 of “The Tracks Series,” and horror novel “The Sleepwalkers.” Look for his epic, dystopian sci-fi novel “Blood Zero Sky,” coming out in October. For more info, please go to his website, follow on Facebook and on Twitter: @JGabrielGates
For info on the movie project J. Gabriel mentioned, check out this website.