"I go to the theatre often, sometimes every night. I have even practiced the art of acting. Walking in and out of a room – sitting on a chair – that is why so many of my stories are theatrical in style. And even as I write, I act out the words in front of a mirror.
"My stories should be able to enter the hearts of my readers in a winning and immediate way. Sometimes I think I have more talent for the drama than for literature and I certainly take more delight in acting than I do sitting at my desk. Indeed, I love feigning to be somebody else. There is such joy in being able to blow off my superfluous fierceness.
Good acting lies in the ability to change character on stage and represent seven or eight different and varied personages in one evening. I know I am not a professionally trained actor. But all the training an actor needs is the ability to walk on stage, say the lines and not bump into other actors or indeed the furniture. How hard can it be?
"To find out more about my thoughts and hear me dramatise some of my stories, check out my Dickens on Love at the Union Chapel, Islington next Wed at 1pm and 7.30pm and the Wednesday after at 1pm.
Charles Huffam Dickens