Scott Woods is a librarian, author, poet, and critic who runs one of the most successful poetry open mics in the American Midwest. At Scott Woods Makes Lists, he compiles lists, writes mostly as a satirist, and comments on current events, popular culture, and other issues.
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!
I’d like to welcome you to my blog and say that I am so excited to embark on this adventure together. I look forward to blogging about my journey as an author as well as the whole process of rejection letters, self-publishing, marketing my book and more. I’ll share writing exercises, great advice that I’ve received, workshop tricks and tips and some of my own short stories.
Thanks for joining me and for listening to the ideas in my mind that eventually make it onto paper. Let’s get started!
The name of this website is called myguidedpen.com for a reason. A while back I went to a tarot card reader and she asked if I had ever done an exercise called…you guessed it, a guided pen. I had no idea what she was talking about! She explained the process and I’ve used it ever since with a few tweaks of my own. Here’s how to get started:
- Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed
- Get a beautiful notebook (this will serve as your idea book that you can refer back to from now on)
- Get a pen
Close your eyes and take a deep breath in a comfortable sitting position. Feel the rhythm of your chest and slowly relax your body. Listen to the silence for one minute. Open your eyes and start writing down everything, and I mean absolutely everything, that enters your mind. DO NOT EDIT! This exercise is supposed to get your creative juices flowing and expand your mind. Write until all of the thoughts you’ve had are on paper. Refer back to the thoughts later in the day or the next day or whenever you have time and use them as story starters or topics to write about. Don’t worry if the ideas you have don’t make sense yet, some you’ll use and others you’ll discard but at the end of it all, you’ll have some great information that could be the subject of your next best seller! Do this as often as you’d like or whenever you have writer’s block. It works for me and I know that it will work for you!