For over seven years, I have been coming up with new ideas every week for The Write Prompts. Here, I do the same, only these are all starter or "continue on" writing prompts. They are a great way to get the juices flowing when you do not know where to start. They are what I would call the first line or in some cases, the first paragraph of a potential story or novel.
The story, however, can be told from any one of several points-of-view regardless of the perspective chosen. Single Major Character Viewpoint The story can be told from first, second or third person POV but it is told throughout by just one character.
The reader discovers everything in the story at exactly the same time as the viewpoint character does. You cannot give the character unnatural foresight-unless of course he is psychic. It allows you all the descriptive forces of third person and almost as much intimacy as first person.
It is much easier for the reader to identify with just one character. It is told from the perspective of only one character just like the example above--except it is a minor character doing the telling. This technique is used in The Great Gatsby.
Nick is merely an observer of the story, while Gatsby is the protagonist. Or perhaps you need a more sympathetic character than your protagonist.
Or perhaps you need to keep information which is known to the protagonist secret from the audience in order to maintain an air of mystique as in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Omniscient Viewpoint Basically, omniscient perspective means that the story is not told by any one of the characters, but is rather commented on by a god-like, omnipotent being who can choose to dip into the head of any of the characters and reveal things that have occurred in the past or which will happen in the future.
This was once a very popular method of storytelling. It is less so now, especially in the North American market. But as I said earlier, Joseph Conrad was a master of this and, if it is done well, it can add dimension to your writing.
It is essential that each character have a distinctive voice so that the reader is never confused about who he is listening to at the moment. This is an interesting device for an epic novel which explores a theme with several tangled subplots.
Multiple Viewpoints This is another popular perspective in stories today. The story is told by only one character at a time, but the viewpoint character switches between two or more characters throughout the course of the novel. This can be a very effective tool when used for the right reasons.
Remember, it has to add something to your story to have it told from different points of view because you lose intimacy and sometimes momentum by switching from one character to the next and then you increase the danger of losing your reader unless the transitions are well done.
Consider what are you going to gain from the switch: A different perspective to explore a good subplot?
A chance to switch locations? Incidentally, this is probably my favorite perspective to write from.The First Person Point of View. You can easily identify the first person point of view by the use of I, me, and myself in the narrative.
The first person narrator relates the story as it’s happening, or retells a story that happened in the past. Rewrite a Story from a Different Perspective Directions: Select one of the following stories, and rewrite it, telling the same events from the point of view of an antagonist (villain or bad guy).
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