Point of View Exercise

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Point of view is a very important consideration when planning your writing project. It can draw your reader in as though they are experiencing the story themselves, or it can place them further away so they are observing from a distance.

I find it helpful when planning my writing projects to write the same paragraph from different points of view. It helps me to figure out which point of view I feel most comfortable with and creates the most powerful story. Not only is the exercise helpful to plan your writing project, it is also a great warm up exercise!

This exercise is fairly simple. Pick a paragraph, conversation or scene that you have roughly formed for your writing project. It doesn’t have to be perfect, a rough draft will be fine. Then write this small piece of your story from as many different views as you would like.

Take your time to really explore each different perspective. When you are done read over each one carefully. What are the benefits from each? Which point of view didn’t work? Which point of view do you believe managed to capture the story as you pictured it? Which perspective do you feel the most comfortable with? These questions will help you weed out the points of view that didn’t work for your writing piece.

The aim after this exercise is to help you pick the point of view that will create the most powerful story, one the reader will relate to and want to read again and again!

 

 

Random Word Link Example

Random Word Link Example

I pulled out these three words from my word jar for a random word link example:

  • Porridge

  • Shark

  • Thunder

I was in a gloomy mood the day I wrote this blog and example so the paragraph I came up with reflects this. However, it did serve to help overcome a writers block I was having in regards to a scene in my current novel.

Thunder boomed from the heavy ominous clouds as I ate my porridge looking out the kitchen window. My thoughts strayed to the teen boy who had been attacked by a shark the day before. I had been the scrub nurse on duty during his long operation to repair the damage to his legs. The surgeon was not confident that he would ever recover the full use of his legs.
 

Word Jar

 

Word Jar

The word jar is a handy tool to have in your writing space. It is exactly what it sounds like, a jar full of words! Simply write out as many random words as you wish on scraps of paper, fold them up and put them into the jar. It works best if you keep the words as varied and un-related as possible. You will find there are many writing warm ups and activities that this random word jar will come in handy for.

In particular you can use your random word jar for a directed free writing warm up. All you have to do is pull out a word from your random word jar and free-write about that word for a set length of time. This direct approach works well if you find the idea of undirected free writing, or trying to pick your own topic from thin air intimidating.IMG_8598

Your jar can be as plain or as prettied up as you would like. Keep it close to where you do most of your writing, so whenever you need a little writing warm up, some inspiration, or an excuse to procrastinate you can grab your jar, pull out a word and stretch those creative muscles.

Free Writing Example

Free Writing Example

I set my timer to 5 minutes for this example and just let my thoughts and words loose!

 

5 minutes is on the clock to free write what ever thoughts flow through my head. No editing, correcting, formating or deleting as you go! Make sure you keep yout hands moving, moving, moving. Always moving. If you can’t think of anything to write, then write that over and over again until uanother thougt pops into your head. The point is to get your brain firing, to get the words flowing so ehwn you sit down to write or plan your current project your brain is firing all synapses. The words will flow and the creative process will be that much easier. I can smell spring in the air, fresh cut grass and flowers. THeres a warm breeze and the sun is shining. Its hard to believe just yesterday the city was bombarded with artic breezes and heavy rains. I remember when my hubby and I went away for a 6 week camping trip last year we went up to the blue mountaings I was so excited to hike them and see all the different rock formations. Its stormed the whole time we were there! The wind was so strong our tent kept bowing inwards. I had to get up and go to the toiket at about 3am, bedraggled people were cralwing out of collapsed tents and sheltering in their cars. IT was insane! We hope to go back at some point and visit when it isn’t such bad weather. IT did make for a very interesting camping trupthough! The mountains, from what we could see peaking under the heavy cloud vover were beautiful. Camping is not

The timer went off before I could finish that last sentence. I didn’t come up with any best-selling ideas, however it has definitely loosened my creative muscles so I am ready to tackle my next blog! I highly recommend using this warm-up exercise before sitting down to write your project. It is also useful if you are ever suffering from the dreaded writers block. Sit back, take a breath, and do some free writing! It really does help to get the words flowing again and to clear your mind so you can return to your project fresh and inspired.

Free Writing

Free Writing

Free writing is an essential tool to any writer. It is an important practice that helps to improve your ability to write, encourages you to listen to your thoughts and to write with more confidence. It is also a fantastic way to warm up before knuckling down to tackle your current project!

Joel Friedlander explains the concept of free writing in his article “Unleash Your Creativity Now: How to Freewrite” quite well. Free writing is a simple and effective tool to help warm up and stretch your creative muscle! It releases all those pent up ideas and stray thoughts in your head so you can approach your writing project with a clear mind and an easy flow of words.

How to “free-write”:

Like any pre-writing warm up it is important to set a time limit. 10 minutes is a good length of time; however if that seems too daunting to begin with then try 5 minutes.

Set your timer and start writing. Write non-stop until you run out of time. Do not stop to edit, plan or correct. Just keep your hand moving the whole time. Write whatever thoughts pass through your head. If you cannot think of anything to write, then just write that over and over again until something else pops into your head. Write poorly, it doesn’t matter. You don’t need to worry about punctuation, spelling, grammar, margins, paragraphs, word choice or messiness. Just keep your hand moving. There is no right or wrong, no good or bad. It is just a way to get the words flowing, to help you move pass any barriers in your mind and get your thoughts out.

FREE WRITING EXAMPLE

 

Directed Free-writing:

Another way of free writing is a more directed approach of picking a topic. You can utilize a word or topic from your word jar, or pick a topic such as a recent trip, a pet, a holiday, work, a photograph etc. Once you have picked your topic, set your timer and off you go! Once again, don’t let your hand stop; keep the words and thoughts flowing and let your inhibitions go.

DIRECTED FREE WRITING EXAMPLE

Journal Prompts

Journal Prompts
When sitting down to write in your journal it can be hard to know where to start. You psych yourself up to write, sit down with your journal and then stare blankly at the page. I know I have wasted a lot of time doing this. So I have developed a list of journal prompts to overcome the journal block!

 

Daydreams:
  • Describe your dream: partner, job, house, holiday.
  • If you were to organize a dream party whom would you invite and why?
  • What superhero/magical power would you like to have? Why? What would you use it for? Good/evil?
  • If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? Why?
  • If you were to win the lottery what would you do with the money?
Memories:
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • What is your most embarrassing moment?
  • What’s something you were afraid of as a child, or are still afraid of now?
  • What has been the most difficult thing you have done or decision you have made?
  • Who is someone you’ve lost? What are some of your memories about that person?
  • Describe your teachers at school/university.
  • Describe your work colleagues.
  • Describe your best childhood friend and your relationship with this person then and now.
  • What are your favourite or least favourite memories about holidays?

 

Write about your first:

  • Day of school/high school/university
  • Crush/partner
  • Best friend
  • Car
  • Home
  • Pet
  • Job
  • Child
Milestones:
  • Graduation
  • License
  • Wedding or divorce
  • Pregnancy
  • Childbirth
  • Job or career change, retirement
All about you:
  • What is your favourite place, food, movie, book, song, colour, animal, season, flower, and why?
  • What kind of day are you having, and why?
  • What do you like to do, and why? How does it make you feel?
  • Describe your happy place.
  • What is your relationship with your family?
  • If you have brothers or sisters, how are you similar to them or different from them?
  • What are your views on religion or politics?

There are so many more journal prompts out there. Try typing it into google and seeing what pops up!

119 Journal Prompts for your Journal Jar – Marelisa Fabrega

Journal Writing Prompts – Penzu