Fiction and Point of View

Daily Prompt #34: Considering the craft of writing

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Respond to this quote. Write for five minutes.

 

Today, we’re going to consider point of view when writing our stories. Let’s start with a quick brainstorm. What do you think of when you hear point of view?

One way of considering it is by first, second, and third person. Within those, there are variations. The handout I’m providing will help you keep these straight.

Beyond these, you also have to think about the characters in your story. Sure, you know you want to use first person, but what if you use first person from the perspective of the family cat? Perspective is an integral part of point of view. Your possibilities are truly endless.

As a writer, you have to really consider why you’re writing this story so you know who will be your most impactful storyteller.

Let’s play around with this idea for a bit by starting with a general scenario.

A family is seated around the dinner table.

Characters:
Mom (Diana): 47
Dad (Robert): 50
Daughter (Carly): 18
Son (Josh) :15
Daughter (Elle): 18 months
Pug (Othello): 10 (56 in dog years)

During dinner, Carly is going to announce she saw Josh kissing a girl at school. The reactions the family has (and how Carly announces it) are entirely up to you.

Write with the following guidelines:

  • First person, Carly’s perspective
  • Third person limited, Josh’s perspective
  • Third person omniscent, any (or all) characters you choose
  • First person, Robert’s perspective
  • Third person limited, Elle’s perspective
  • Pick a point of view and character we haven’t used yet.
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