Try these exercises to practice Point-Of-View:
- Three characters are driving along listening to the radio. They argue as to which station they should listen to. Write each character’s defense of why the others should listen to the station he or she prefers. This defense could include the merits of the music and/or why the others should do what this character wants (i.e., “I’m older, that’s why.”) What does the preference in radio stations–and the method of argument–tell the reader about that character?
- A teenage couple is sitting at a restaurant, playfully making up a fake Cosmo love test for each other. What questions do they ask each other? Now, write the same scene, but this time the couple is in their thirties. How would the questions differ? Write the same scene again, but this time the couple has been married for fifteen years. How would their questions be different than the other two tests?
- Write an internal monologue of the thoughts of a man who is waiting outside his boss’s office, worried that he’s about to be fired. Then write an internal monologue from the POV of the boss sitting in his office getting ready to fire the guy waiting outside.
- Dream sequences are often used to explain to characters (and readers) what they may not understand about themselves. For example, a mother and daughter may constantly fight with each other, yet always about petty things, never understanding the root of their conflict. Write a dream sequence from each character’s POV in which the reason for their conflict is revealed. However, because dreams are symbolic, you can have one or the other character appear in the dream but not both. Nor can anyone in the dream directly discuss the conflict.
This creative exercise came from the course Fiction Writing 101: Fundamentals
This first workshop in a series of four will guide you through the basics of how to write a book. Whether you are interested in writing literary fiction, science fiction, or any other brand of fiction, this course will help you identify the key components of a fiction novel with guidance from a published author.
You will learn:
- Develop effective creative writing techniques that can be applied to any long or short fiction form
- Develop believable characters and let them speak—and act—for themselves
- Discover the basics of plot—enough to prepare you to tackle any kind of fiction project.