Day 1 | Practice

Length: two pages

Watch the video or go through the description below and have your notebook ready.
For this exercise, you will write two pages. Today is all about Point of view or POV.

Being a writer, we need to practice our craft. It does not have to feel like a chore instead it can be light and fun. Today it is all about the use of point of view.
If, for example, the story starts with I went to the park, point of view is in the first person. The story will continue with a first-person narrative. A memoir is most often in the first person. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is a good example of a book of fiction using the first-person point of view.

As a writer, I love to hear about the routines and rituals of other writers. Here is an example of a day of writing with the 1st person point of view.

If this were to be from the 3rd person point of view, let’s take it sentence by sentence, I take out my notebook, becomes, she takes out her notebook.
If we rewrite the whole paragraph in 3rd person, there are two ways to go about it. Imagine we are watching the entire scene through a camera filming her. It would sound something like this.

Take the same scene. This time the camera is placed inside her head. It is still in the third person. But now, you also get to know how she feels and reacts to what it is she is experiencing.

Your turn

Now it is time for you to try this out yourself. First with the POV of the first person. Close your eyes and recall the last time you spend some time writing. Then turn to the page and write it down with as many details as possible. Write one page.
On the next page, you now write the same scene but this time from 3rd person’s point of view. You can but you don’t have to go about it line by line. See what shows up in the scene when you change POV.
I hope you had fun writing see you next time.