Introductions

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.

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