Friday, February 19, 2010

Journal: point of view

A good story consists of several elements: characterization, plot, setting, theme, and point of view. Over the next several weeks, the journal prompts will focus on one of these elements. Today, we'll begin with point of view.

I've provided a link to definitions for the following perspectives.

First person
Note: This perspective can be flawed. Imagine what happens when two siblings get in trouble and they each tell the story to their parents. Rarely does either story tell the truth untainted. First person tends to "color" the narrator in a way that is not exactly the way it is. These stories can have an "aha" moment at the end when the reader realizes the narrator has not been entirely truthful.

Second person
Note: This perspective is rarely done well. Please do not take this as a challenge. Leave this perspective to the Choose Your Own Adventure Novelists.

Third person limited
Note: This perspective is what happens when someone tells a story about what he or she sees happening, but is not privy to all the information. It is a common perspective.

Third person omniscient
Note: This perspective is all-knowing--but it can still leave things out for the reader.

Journal: Two people are in an elevator when the power goes out. Write the scene in at least two different perspectives. If you're super-cool, go ahead and try it with all of them.

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