June 16, 2021

A different point of view

As a writer, it can be easy to get in a rut and tell stories from the same point of view. We pick a main character and tell the story from their point of view. Sometimes we may use first person, other times third person, but it’s always the point of view of a main character we have chosen to be the centre of the action.

Last year, I read The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. In this story, the point of view is that of what would usually be minor characters in a story.

When I was growing up, one of my favourite writing prompts was to write the day in life of a household object, from the point of view of that object. For example, a day in the life of your couch, from the point of view of the couch!

This was always a fun prompt as you can imagine what that object is thinking. How does it feel when someone sits on it, or kids jump on it? What does it think when no one is home?

Recently, we set a prompt in one of the Virtual Writers Groups to write a story about building a sand castle. Most participants wrote from the point of view of someone building a sand castle, some wrote from the point of view of creatures on the beach, and one participant wrote from the point of view of the sand!!

To have some fun, and to get out of your comfort zone, try writing a story from a different point of view and see what happens.

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