By Chara Kramer
When it comes to perspective and points of view, sometimes you can get a little lost in a character that you may not know that well. Or if you continually go into several characters’ minds, it can be hard to really know every single character, since it is so jumpy.
Get to know your characters through other characters’ perspectives! And here’s a couple of different ways how:
1) Rewrite a scene from one minor character’s point of view. This can give you insight into that minor character—whom, maybe you want to give a bigger role to, now—or it could even give you more insight into the main character. Discovering how others react to main characters can really give you a new spin.
2) Write a scene in two very different characters’ points of view. Comparing and contrasting how two opposite characters react to a situation can let you see something in them that you hadn’t before. Maybe they are more alike than you thought!
3) Take a scene, and put the entire thing in the point of view of an inanimate object. This one sounds odd: How could an inanimate object tell a story? Although the object does not have to be alive, like a cat who could talk, you could easily personify it (giving human characteristics to objects, animals, and “things”). And in this case, the human characteristics don’t have to be anything more than “thought.”