Point of View-Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #80: What Would _____ say?

Pre-write 

Write a one to three paragraph description of yourself, and then list three friends.

Write

Choose one friend from your list and rewrite the description for yourself from this friend’s point of view. Keep in mind:

  • the things your friend knows about you (which can be included)
  • the things only you know about you (which can’t be included)
  • the things your friend may deduce or suspect about you but must in the end make a guess about if included in the description.

Share

When done, read what you’ve written with your writing partners. Discuss how the change in viewpoint effected the writing decisions you made from the first set of paragraphs to the second. And please, share your insights here for others to read.

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Fall Football! Ya Gotta Love It, or Do You? Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #77

It’s Fall, and on Thursday and Friday nights the sounds of football echo over our little valley from the high school up on the hill. Today’s Play With Your Words Writing Prompt will have you writing about football, or some other sport if you prefer, from two different points of view.

Pre-write

Brainstorm a list of words you associate with football or the sport of your choice.

Write

Write a description of football (or your other sport) from the point of view of someone who loves it.

Next, write a description of football (or your other sport) from the point of view of someone who hates it.

Revise and edit as necessary. Make certain both descriptions reflect powerful emotions.

Share

When done, read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share here as a comment. Consider the kinds of words you used to evoke the feelings you intended. What was particularly clear or expressive in your writing? What may have seemed weak compared to the rest? Compliment and encourage one another—and enjoy the process. Writing about strong feelings can be fun!

A Day in the Life…Narrative Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #68

Pre-write

Think of a possession you have with you every day. It could be a pair of shoes, your glasses, a hat, a piece of jewelry, or any other item you carry around all the time—maybe your keys or your cell phone…

  • Choose one item that you think could tell a good story.
  • List the things you do when this possession is with you.

Write

Write a story, from the point-of-view of your chosen possession. Let your item tell the story of a day in your life, not from the way you experience it, but from the way the object experiences it.

Consider:

  • Does it like you? Is it on your side?
  • Does it feel used by you?
  • Is it lazy or eager to play a role in your life?
  • How does it feel when you use it?
  • Does it think you have your act together?
  • Does it think it could manage your life much better than you do?

Think of some questions of your own and use them to craft and interesting day in the life of your possession.

Share

When done, read what you’ve written with your writing partners or share here as a comment. Compliment one another on how well you stick to the single point-of-view. No thoughts or feelings of anyone or anything else should be included in the story unless they have been told to your possession. Consider, have you created a story with a beginning, conflict, and an ending? Does your chosen object have its own distinctive style?

Let yourself have fun with this prompt. Happy Writing!

Whose Point of View? Reading Response Exercise #91

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.

Reflect

Think about what you have read. What point of view is being used to tell  (or narrate) this story?

Is it:

  • 1st Person Point of View where the main character or one of the other characters tells the story?
  • 3rd Person Point of View where the story is told by a narrator (or storyteller) who is not part of the story from the point of view of just one character per scene?
  • Omniscient Point of View where the narrator (or storyteller) is not one of the characters from the story and has the ability to explain how not just one, but how many of the characters are thinking and feeling.

Write/Discuss

  • Why do you think the author chose this particular point of view?
  • How does the point of view contribute to the power of the story?
  • How would the story be different if the author had chosen to use a different point of view?

Share your responses with your reading partners.

When you read, what is your favorite point of view and why? Please share your responses here as comments.

Play With Your Words Writing Prompt #50: A Narrative Disagreement

Using the following process, write about a time you had a disagreement with someone you love:

1. Write the following headings across the top of a sheet of paper or document:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • How?

Beneath each heading, brainstorm every fact and feeling you can recollect from the event.

2. Look over the data you have gathered and consider the situation from your beloved opponent’s point of view. Write a scene depicting this disagreement from your opponent’s viewpoint.

When done, read what you’ve written to your writing partners or share as a comment. Compliment one another on the vividness of the setting, the clarity of the emotion, effectiveness of dialogue and internal dialogue, and the intensity of the mood.

Novel Beginnings: A Tale of Two Starts

Last night I allowed myself to abandon a novel I was reading after getting nearly one hundred pages in and began reading a new one that, by page 30, I know I will stick with until I finish the book. What made the difference?

I picked them both up from the library on the same day. The covers and back matter are of similar quality. They are the same genre, one of my favorites, fantasy.

The settings are similar—both medieval fantasy worlds. As a matter of fact, the setting of the abandoned book was one of my favorites, Arthurian Britain.

The writing itself was of nearly equal quality. Like in most fantasy novels there were a number of strange words and names to get used to, but I did not find it distracting in either book, because as stated above, I love fantasy.

The established plots were both intriguing.

The main characters were likable.

So, what was the problem?

It came down to point-of-view. The first book hopped, not within the chapter, but from chapter to chapter. I’d get to know and like a character, and pfwitt! He or she would disappear from the storyline and another one would appear. I got tired of waiting for someone I could consistently care about, and so I abandoned the book.

The book I began last night started with one character and stuck with him. He, too, is a likable guy, and he’s in a real pickle. I want to find out what happens to him, how his problems do or don’t get resolved, see how he will cope with this difficult situation I find him in. I’ll finish reading this book.

The funny thing is, as a writer and beginning work on a new novel, I had been wondering if I was being too simplistic starting out in limited third person, tight. After this last week’s reading, however, I think I’ll stick with it, until at least page 50 :-)

Play With Your Words Prompt #22 Let Your Imagination Take Flight!

Have you ever been at the top of a tall, tall building and looked down into the streets below? Or maybe you’ve stood atop a high cliff and peered down into the valley. The view you get from a place like this is called a “bird’s eye view.”

Imagine a setting; it could be a busy cityscape, the highest tower of a cliff-top castle, a hover-port above a moon base, or a steep mountainside overlooking a green valley.

Describe the setting you see before you. What does the landscape look like? What do the buildings and rooftops look like? Are there streets, rivers, parks? What do the people look like? What kinds of animals can you see? And how do they all look from above?

Write a bird’s eye description of this place. Consider not just what you see, but how it feels to be looking down from your vantage point. What does the air smell like, taste like? What do you hear? Make it so vivid your reader can feel as thought he or she is there.