The other day, in a comment, Karen G referred to a character as 'wanting more screen time.' This made sense to me, as I say things like that about my characters all the time. Enough time spent talking to Captain Film Major about story development and movies, and such things worm their way into one's vocabulary.
Very commonly, I'll refer to my characters, "waltzing into the scene," as though they strolled onto it from the wings. I've probably also said "And such-and-such enters from stage left," and I have a sneaking suspicion I've said, "They want to change the blocking!"
On the other hand, I have never said, "So-and-so wanted more page space," or "I thought it would be a shorter scene until such-and-such demanded five more inches to discuss the issue."
The way I view my writing, it seems, has been inescapably influenced by my time working with theater. Characters, for me, come on and off from the wings (maybe explaining my care with noted entrances and exits), and sometimes I feel like my book is a fleshed out script, with lots of dialogue and important actions but details other than general notes and stage directions not always present.
How do you see your stories? What made you start seeing things that way?