Writing Prompt…

The writing prompt for today is the picture below. Use it as inspiration for your story and be sure to answer the following questions:

  • Is your main character the guy with the crow bar?
  • Is your main character the person in contact with the guy with the crow bar?
  • Why does this person have a crow bar?
  • Where does this scene take place? What is the setting?
  • How did we get to this point? Was it a blown tire or did the car break down in a bad part of town?

You get the point-Describe the setting, the scene and the characters. Be sure to include lots of dialogue and pick a point of view that we talked about during yesterday’s post.

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It’s All About Point of View…

Let’s talk about point of view for this writing exercise, but first things first-what exactly is Point of View?

Point of view refers to the way the author allows you to see and hear what’s going on it the novel, book, short story or manuscript. We’ll focus on four main points of view:

    • First-person point of view is in use when a character narrates the story with I-me-my-mine. The reader is sitting beside the character and is viewing the world through the eyes of that character. The reader experiences the world through the eyes of only one person.
    • Second-person point of view, the author uses your and you, this is rare; authors rarely speak directly to the reader. If you do happen to come across this point of view, you should pay attention because the author is trying to tell you something.  Second-person point of view draws the reader into the story, and makes the reader participate in the action.
    • Third-person point of view is that of an outsider looking at the action. This is the most common point of view. The author’s voice, not the character’s voice, is what you hear in the descriptive passages.
    • Objective-point of view is when the narrator is a fly on the wall or a video camera in the corner of the room. The character’s thoughts are never known. Objective point of view is all about watching, listening and observing.

Try writing from a different point of view and step outside of your comfort zone. This allows you to stretch your abilities and who knows, you may actually really like a particular point of view that you had never considered before. Happy Writing!

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