WRITING EXERCISE! In My Room: Setting and Point of View

As I mentioned yesterday, this is the week that many of us are trying to get back to work. I thought it would be fun to provide a few writing exercises along with my Back To School Sale for an extra kick in the pants!  If you haven’t tried the Treasure Island-inspired exercise from a couple of weeks ago, then you can give that one a go as well. Enjoy!

Imagine your protagonist is leaving home.  It’s not important what the circumstances are and you need not even explain them in this exercise.  Just have an idea of your character and her state of mind as you write. Put her in her bedroom just before she’s started to pack. Describe the room and its contents and then focus on a particular object.  Have her pick it up and observe things about it. Where did it come from? How is it important, if it is important?

Now have someone who is close to her—a parent, sibling or best friend—enter her room after she has left. Describe the contents from this new person’s perspective. Then have him notice the same object. Is it familiar to him? What details does he notice? How is the object important to him, if it is?

Finally, have someone who doesn’t know your protagonist at all enter the room.  Complete the exercise by following the same process as the two previous characters. What does the room look like to this person? How does he feel about it? What assumptions does he make. Have him notice the object. What does he think about it?

Give it a try and let me know how you like it in the comments!

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