Thursday, September 9, 2010
Writing Exercise/Understanding Your Perspective by Jean Reidy
So how do you get over your perspective? Well first you need to understand your perspective. Here's an exercise to help you do just that.
Choose a beloved picture book, like WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE or KNUFFLE BUNNY or maybe even TOO PURPLEY! and rewrite the story from an exaggerated adult point of view, teacher point of view, parent point of view - whichever most closely resembles you. Keep that adult thinking cap tightly on your head and really let those lessons, frustrations, messages and judgments fly from your pen to the paper.
Even the most exaggerated perspective holds at least some semblance of your actual point of view while writing your book.When you understand your perspective more clearly, it can’t sneak up on you in your writing.
Jean Reidy's been told that a naughty little kid lurks somewhere inside her ... and she takes that as a high compliment. She eats crunchy peanut butter by the spoonful while she writes from her home in Colorado. You can visit her at www.jeanreidy.com.
Her books include:
TOO PURPLEY! (Bloomsbury 2010)
TOO PICKLEY! (Bloomsbury 2010)
MY OWN LITTLE PIECE OF THE UNIVERSE (Disney Hyperion 2011)
THERE'S A CORNER IN MY HOUSE (Disney Hyperion 2012)
TOO PRINCESSY! (Bloomsbury 2012)
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