Exercise in Perspective

Perspective is extremely important in any work of fiction. Your story can change a lot just based on who is doing the narrating. To think more about this concept, try this writing exercise. Hopefully, it will help you develop the world of your story, flesh out your characters, and think more about the perspective from which your story is being told.

  1. Re-write your story (or part of it) from the perspective of someone close to your main character. This could be a parent, a sibling, or a best friend. How do they view the main character? What do they know or not know about the situation at hand?
  2. Re-write your story (or part of it) from the perspective of an inanimate object. Maybe it is the pen that your main character chews on while taking tests in school or the bag that he/she carries around town. What information is this object privy to? Is the object emotionally attached to the main character or the situation that he/she is in?
  3. Re-write your story (or part of it) from the perspective of a stranger. How do they view the main character? The situation? They probably are not emotionally attached, so hopefully they can help you look at your story more objectively.

Good luck and happy writing!

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