Play With Your Words # 21—Voice Exercise

Look at the picture below.

Write a first person account of this dog’s vacation. Remember a first person account can only include the experiences, observations, thoughts, and feelings of the narrating character. Everything is filtered through his or her lenses (or sunglasses :-)—Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

Consider your character’s manner of speaking, word choice, and worldview.

Now write at least a page telling the story of this trip as this critter would tell it.

When you are done, share your writing (with friends, family, writing partners or here). Compliment the strengths in each other’s writing.

For parents and teachers of preschoolers, ask the child to tell you the dog’s story. Write down what he or she says. Read it back to the child when done, pointing to each word as you say it to reinforce the connection between the written and spoken word.

Have fun!

P.S. A word about the image. I cut this advertisement out of a magazine, years ago to use as a writing prompt. Unfortunately, I cut out only the picture. I have searched the internet hoping to find information about this ad. I would so love to give the photographer or company this ad represented credit for their work. If you know who they are, please let me know.

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