I keep editing the brief introduction to my main character in the comedy feature I’m working on. I can’t stop making changes. I’ve got to pull it together, really. I must make a final decision. I just feel like I’m introducing her to the world in that first scene, and I want to get it right. Like when you’re at a party, and you want to make just the right impression.
What are her most essential features? What is her opening action? What small but interesting details can I share about her that will tell much about who she is? I was working on how to very briefly describe the room she’s in. I’ve got that. Then I began to think about what item of clothing she wears that I need to show. Figured that one out. And for now, “a serious expression strains her soft features.” Before that, I said that her “soft features reflect a mature nature.” The first time around, she was “fresh-faced, but serious.” But then I decided she was just about to wipe off makeup, so that’s no good.
Aaack! I’m having trouble distilling this character’s personality at the start into a few words. She changes quite a bit throughout the story too, and I have to distinguish who she is at the beginning versus at the end. Speaking of introductions, this screenplay is on the schedule in two months for a table read with my screenwriters’ group. I am so excited! I will be introducing the script in its entirety. So I’d better get this all ironed out. Then I can stop thinking about what my character will wear and move on to the important decision of what I myself should wear — to the table read.