There are many writing prompts that will challenge you to write from a different perspective. Most of us write in the first person, and most can relate to that point of view. Others will write from the third person, often putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes. But what about writing from the perspective of other living and non-living things? It’s a more challenging feat as we don’t know the emotions involved, and we have to make them up as we go. Here are a few tips when taking on the task:
Be the animal – Think of it like putting on a costume of a wolf or a tiger. How would this animal walk in their natural habitat? What is it thinking as it stalks his prey? What will it do while trying to protect its young? Get deep into the mind of the creatures we share the planet with.
Be an object – Objects don’t have emotions, so it’s not as easy to be one and write about it – but what if they did? How does that broken doll in an abandoned yard feel after lying alone for many years? Or that deflated beach ball lost in a vast ocean?
Be the weather – Storms can have quite the personality, so it might be a bit easier to write from the perspective of a tornado or hurricane. Try writing from the point of view of a tsunami or erupting volcano. Be a raindrop or a snowflake falling from the sky. Bring character to any weather event you can think of.
Be a moving vehicle – If you have seen the movie Cars, then this perspective will be a little easier. What is the function of the vehicle you chose? Is it a vehicle of power or a bucket of rusted bolts? If vehicles were people, how would they get along with each other? Have a little fun with this perspective.
Be food – What if our fruits and vegetables could talk? What would they say as we cook them and put them on our plates? What conversations do they have when the lights go out at the market? Start the perspective from a seed to full grown plant. The possibilities are endless with this one.
Open your eyes to everything around you, and see things from a different perspective. Objects will come alive when you start to see things through their eyes. Animate the world and write until you can write no more.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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