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Point of View writing
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Instructions: The point of view you choose to tell your story and the mood of the viewpoint character will affect the details mentioned and the vocabulary used in your work. Descriptions of setting can be particularly useful for conveying the voice and mood of your character. For this exercise, you'll want to have a fairly clear picture of setting before you begin, but be flexible and invent new details where needed. You'll also need to get inside the heads of your characters.
- Picture a river. It can be a river you've been to, or one you've seen in a picture, or one you just made up.
- Write a description of the river from the point of view of an old man who has just lost something very important to him. Do not mention either the old man (or any other character) or the thing he has lost.
- Write a description of the river from the point of view of a young man about to be married. Again, do not mention characters or the upcoming wedding.
- Write a description of the river from the point of view of the young man's mother, again without mentioning characters or events.
Notes: The aim of this exercise is to show how you can communicate mood, feelings like sorrow or excitement, and individual character's voices purely through the description of a place. Even though you can't mention the characters or what is happening to them, you can use the details they notice and the language they choose to show their inner state.
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This exercise allows students to write from separate points of view. It's neat to see what they come up with depending on the character's perspective.