INTERIORITY

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25 Jan

INTERIORITY

Each person sees the world in a different way, and so does each character.  Point of view doesn’t just mean first-person or third-person, it’s the his unique, perspective of the protagonist, the strange blend of what he or she sees, hears, feels, smells, tastes, remembers, dreams about, worries about, wants, wonders, fears, or, to put it more simply, what the protagonist thinks and feels. You can write this whether you’re writing in the first person on the third person.  I’ll show you some examples: 1) Describe your protagonist’s physical gestures. ex. Beth sat on a rock and untied her sand-encrusted boots, easing her swollen feet out as delicately as she could. ex.  I sat on a rock and untied my sand-encrusted boots, easing my feet out as delicately as I could. 2)  Describe your protagonist’s direct experience and thoughts. ex.  The sun would be down in less than an hour and she was still at least five miles from the highway, five miles from fresh water.  Beth needed to hole up somewhere, before the temperature dropped. ex.  The sun would be down in less than an hour and I was still at least five miles from the next checkpoint, five miles from fresh water.  I needed to hole up somewhere, before the temperature dropped, somewhere out of the wind. 3) Follow the flow of your protagonist’s mind. ex.  Beth could remember her father barking at her: “Prepare for the worst, then you’re ready for the best!” But how could Beth prepare for someone punching a hole in her jeep’s gas tank?  The hole was jagged, like someone had stabbed it with a screwdriver.   It couldn’t have been an accident.  Someone wanted her to die out there in the salt flat. ex.  I could remember my father barking: “Prepare for the worst, then you’re ready for the best!”  But how could I prepare for someone punching a hole in my gas tank?  The hole was jagged, like someone had stabbed it with a screwdriver.  It couldn’t be an accident. Someone wanted me to die out there in the salt flats. Your assignment this week is to write the next scene in your story, concentrating on showing on what your protagonist thinks and feels.

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