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Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Part of what makes the human experience unique is perspective. If you show ten different people the same object or image you will get ten different descriptions.

The trouble for writers is that we need to duplicate this difference when we write. If all your characters describe things around them the same, you aren't doing your job.

So, today, we're going to practice writing from various perspectives.

Wednesday Workout
Pick a room or scene or object to describe and write the description from the following points of view:
-> Small child age 3
-> School child age 9
-> Preteen age 12
-> Older teen age 17
-> Adult age 23
-> Adult age 54
-> Adult age 97

Also try describing it from the point of view of varying professions:
-> scientist
-> fighter
-> priest
-> teacher
-> advertiser

What POV is hardest to write authentically?

Do you prefer writing from one gender view? Could you repeat the excercise with the genders reversed from what you originally wrote?


  1. for me, it's hardest to write male POV. to think like they do in their weird minds. :) being a therapist helps, as i'm always astounded by what comes out of their mouths sitting across the desk from me. totally different from women. period.

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  2. Ha! Would you believe I have almost this EXACT activity planned for my year 7 creative writing class on Monday? How amusing! :D

    So I'll skip out of doing it today, and do it on Monday ;) O:)

  3. I can usually hop between gender minds easily, but I know the Male Mind I write is derivative of fictional males I read, not real males.

    On the plus side, I read a lot of male authors and I can hope their male characters are true to life. On the minus side, my males tend to come across as To Good To Be True.