Why Haven’t You Done This Yet? (Part 2)

inprovisation-party-gameIn the previous post I wrote about the first thing I learned from taking the improv level 0 class at The Peoples Improv Theater, with the wonderful instructor,  Taren Sterry. During our 4 three-hour classes, there were moments I couldn’t catch my breath I was laughing so hard. When you’re having that much fun, it’s hard to believe that you’re learning, but I certainly was. Over the next few posts I’m going to share with you what improv taught me.

2. Better writing skills.

In improv you need to know your character, his/her motivation, the setting and the relationship within seconds. Everything from your posture to the first three lines, informs the scene. You need to be clear, have an intention, but also be flexible.

During class there were so many times I thought back to my novel, realizing that my character’s motivations weren’t clear, or that I needed to come up with more mannerisms that would give the reader insight into my characters. My writing had a great focus and intention after each class.

If you’re a writer,  highly suggest taking an improv class. I’m a huge advocate for writing classes, but I also think it’s great when you can take a new approach to learning – especially an approach that is so much fun.

So there you have it, the second way you can improve from improv.  I highly recommend The Pit, and more specifically my amazing teacher, Tarren Sterry. If you end up taking a class, let them know I sent you 🙂 Stay tuned for the next skill I learned from improv.

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  1. This is great! I love improv! It’s great when you can learn something from another discipline and apply it to your own. Also love Tina Fey’s chapter on it in her book. Hilarious!

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