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Screenwriting Tips: Describing Action from Character
Instead of writing action with an objective perspective, describe it through the lens of the character.
For example, take the action line, "She sits on the couch, sulking."
This isn't a bad line for a first draft. It might nail your intention as the writer because this is what we see. But it can be improved. From an objective perspective, we have two boring actions, sitting down on the couch, and sulking. Not only is boring to read, it doesn't give the actor much to work with.
Through the lens of a character you might say, "She finds the opposite end of the couch, as far away as she can get." Even if the actions are similar, the character's intention is much clearer. Readers and actors alike will appreciate it.