Have you ever had to improvise in the kitchen? Not the kinky way…this time… but for example:
When you’re making a cake…
and it sticks to the bottom of the pie plate you used as a cake pan…
because you threw away your cake pans when you moved…
because who needs cake pans when they live a a (relatively) tiny condo downtown?
Ok, so when that happens and your cake sticks…what do you use to get the cake out of the pan so it can be layered and iced as God intended?
If your me, you use a table knife – fail, then your fingers, ripping the cake to shreds in the process. Then you use two tubs of store-bought icing to glue the cake shreds back into a round-ish shape, and smile in happy satisfaction. What the hell, it’s the thought that counts right? I’ll be right back, I have to go out to the store and buy a cake.
In writing perspective can be key. We all know authors and publishers are looking for new perspectives – a different lens distort and spin timeless stories. Usually those perspectives are cultural differences or unique points of view based on a characer’s history. But for this exercise I want you to consider a different defenition of perspective.
Perspective – view, especially extending into a distance, vista. See also aerial perspctive and linear perspective.
Chose unique physical point of view. For example a person viewing the world from high up in a building, or through the gratings of a city sewer intake. What would a character viewing the world from this unique perspective see? What would they miss?
Spend thirty minutes telling the story of the veiw from your new perspective.