Friday, April 23, 2010

Points of View

Do you write one or several? Is it from a boy's perspective? Girl's? A grandma's? (Okay, I'm sincerely hoping it's not the latter, but it might be.)

Do you know what counts the most when you write from different points of view?
                                                                                                          Voice
                                                       Voice
Voice                                                                                                          
VOICE
                            Voice

 

                       Voice
The ability to tell a difference between one character and another when you're writing multiple views. And even when you're writing a single character.

Secondary characters should never have a stronger voice than your main character. They should pop off the page, yes. But not overpower the MC.

A lot of writers have written from male perspectives. Some relate more to the male. Most prefer female. What do you prefer? Have you tried writing from a difference perspective?

I'd like for each of you to try a writing exercise. Write from a point of view you've never written before (and there is at least one you haven't written in--trust me). It doesn't have to be long. Let's say...umm...500 words?

Once you've written that POV, tell me what changed from how you usually write. Do you feel that the voice is a complete one-eighty? Is it harder to write from that perspective? Easier?

4 comments:

  1. I think this may be my problem because I'm more male-ish then female. I'm not a leizbian or anything. But I've always been a tom boy. I am going to try to write in a male point of view since I never have. This is great idea! I will report back!

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  2. Haha I got side tracked and kept switching from being omniscient to a participant character. It was tough. I usually write as a participant narrator and my MC is typically female.

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  3. I like writing both. Yet, when I write females they are definately strong personalities.

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  4. I have found I can't write in third person! I suck! Also my boys sound very unmanly. I need to work on that!

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