I had to share this one – I absolutely love the advice. I’ve done improv before , and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I love how this advice can apply to forming a writing group and talking about your fiction – writers also have to be supportive of each other, take notes, and not take criticism harshly. Share your work, whatever form it takes, get that feedback, and get good at giving feedback – that’s the life of any good artist.
Wherever you are on your improv journey, these tips can help you get more joy.
1. Support the shit out of each other.
When someone makes a move, be the first to support it. Don’t wait to figure out what they’re doing, just respond.
Match their energy, heighten the move, scene paint, narrate…anything to add to it. It should look like you knew the move was coming, and love the idea. Move as a team.
Sometimes support means knowing when to edit. Your gut always knows when it’s time, so don’t hesitate if it’s telling you to sweep.
And support doesn’t stop with your team.
Attending other people’s shows adds your energy to the room, not to mention the show. Even better, bring friends and family from outside the community to share the experience.
And why not buy your favourite improviser a beer after the show? You can’t afford it?…
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