|Cornfield - 2005|
But doesn't it get damn boring after a while?
It does? Well, if it does get dull to you, then how about to your audience, or readers?
Changing pattern is important both in acting and writing, unless you're aiming at literally putting people to sleep!
When on stage, I try not to be always preoccupied with the same behavior for the whole duration of my scene. Even a twitch, when repeated over and over again, becomes a pattern and loses its meaning. A pattern is only important, to me, when I can use it to take people by surprise.
Breaking an order means doing exactly the opposite of what that order requires to exist; if it's based on constant motion, then I stop. If it's based on stillness, then I suddenly move. If my character has to stammer, there's at least a line or two I will say with a perfect control over my speaking skills; and if he's, by default, a slow-speaker, I'll lose control and speak a line or two like New York's Monday morning. If he's blind, he'll see the light for a split second.
It's not realistic? It's not what happens in real life? Who gives a - hum - I'm not too concerned about it. I would never want my character to be stuck in normal real-life situations. All I care about when I work on a character is making him believable. I don't want him to be rationally real, but emotionally real.
An inner contradiction, for example, is a way for your character to break patterns, although it requires lots of hard work that is both emotional and physical.
But hey, no pain no gain.
What's the best way to have your fictional characters - or even yourself - break patterns?