SO – with umpteen jillion people all vying for attention with their blog posts, what am I going to say that the world wants to hear?
Several years ago I heard Christopher Reeve (of Superman fame) being interviewed on TV. He said that when he was very young and starting his career, he had the privilege of being in a play with THE legendary Katherine Hepburn. She took it upon herself to become his acting coach. She would stand on the sidelines and whisper to him, “Be fascinating. Be fascinating, Chris. Be fascinating.” He said that those words, more than almost anything else, taught him how to act.
It strikes me that, if you’re an actor, being fascinating is easier. You just have to keep a mysterious mindset underlying your performance, and always be aware of the impact you’re having on your audience. Sean Connery was such a great James Bond because, underneath all the horrendously dangerous situations, he kept a twinkle in his eye. If he’d been too serious about it all, the audience would have been cowering in their seats.
But being a fascinating writer? Not so easy. You only have one medium, not several as an actor has.
Obviously, some writers have managed. Shakespeare, for example….and a ‘few’ others (?!)
So, that’s what my blog will be about – exploring words – and that’s a whole big basket of fun.