What would happen if you changed your perspective in that current blog post you are writing?
You know, what if instead of speaking in the first person, you let your first person become Marilou or Martin.
Who is saying your first person voice is the best voice for this blog post?
Why couldn’t the YOU be the storyteller behind the story.
Sometimes I feel stuck when I write constantly from the same place. My writing becomes fortress like. I am in a tower that appears, to most people, to only have one window which is sandwiched between concrete so I cannot see anything else.
Perspective is a fiction in this case, isn’t it?
Well, what if we made the tower into your first person (or my first person) writing.
The tower I am in – my writing - seems as if there is no way to get out, either. I discover by opening my vision a tiny bit wider I need to get on my belly, to look differently, to seek perspective that is neither obvious or my first choice.
I only believed I had a small window. That’s true as long as I stay standing up. If I am willing to get down on my belly, I can look out to see any perspective I want to see and write the story from whichever direction I choose.
From these openings in the floor, I see green vines with pregnant looking berries. From this opening I can see the boat and all the workman, starting their day with singing and intense work. They look so happy. From this opening in the floor I can hear the fluttering, very faint, of wings. I need to listen carefully.
Watch what happens when I change it to third person:
Sometimes she feels stuck when she works constantly from the same place. Her work literally becomes a fortress. She is stuck in in a tower that appears, to most people, to only have one window which is sandwiched between concrete so she can only see out in one direction.
She turns to ask me, “Perspective is a fiction in this case, isn’t it?”
I stay silent, urging her to tell me more without giving her a simplified how-to.
She continues: “The tower I am in – my worklife - seems as if there is no way to get out. I am stuck unless….”
She steps back into the door of the turret. She surveys from the ceiling… to the floor. Without words, she discovers by opening her vision a tiny bit wider she sees the answer comes in getting down on her belly and looking out from the floor.
She looks first at one floor level window. "Ohhhh, yes. There it is... I see... oh my gosh, I wouldn't have thought of that!"
Now she is finally able to look differently, to seek perspective that is neither obvious nor her first choice.
You've read this mini-change-in-perspective. What value do you see in doing this exercise for your own writing or in your own business or life work?
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© 2012 by Julie Jordan Scott
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Julie Jordan Scott has been a Life & Creativity Coach, Writer, Facilitator and Teleclass Leader since 1999. She is also an award winning Actor, Director, Artist and Mother Extraordinaire. She was twice the StoryTelling Slam champion in Bakersfield. She leads Writing Camp with JJS & this Summer will be traveling throughout the US to bring this unique, fun filled creative experience to the people wherever she finds the passion & the interest.
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