Thursday, March 30, 2006

Three points of view

Try doing this in 3 5 minute exercises. If after the first it wasn't long enough, try 10.

Describe a scene (make it up, look out your window, go to a room in your house, grocery store, a favorite place, etc.) from the point of view of 3 different people:
  1. One who has suffered a great loss,
  2. One who has just had wonderful news,
  3. One who is about to leave their life behind and embark on a journey.
But don't name the emotions they're feeling! Let it come through in what they notice and what words they choose.

These don't need to be contemporary people. They don't even need to be human!

Here's some suggestions but you might want to try thinking up your own first so your brain doesn't get stuck on these:

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  1. The great loss could be an emperor of the world who has been exiled to a small artificial compound on a moon,
  2. the wonderful news could be a parapalegic who is about to get their new cyber body,
  3. and the journey could a cat person who is about to leave the walls of her enclave that she's never gone beyond to venture into the world of the humans to find her brother.
Inspired by Practicing Your Craft.
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