Writing Exercise: Different Perspectives
We all like to stick with what we know and seldom write outside the box. Case in point, I like to write from a male perspective. My train of thought tends to lean more masculine and humored than feminine and soft. Writing in a female’s perspective throws me off, and I tend to sound more harpy and overly emotional. I feel comfortable writing the banter of two men than a group of women. Call it weird, but it’s my thing.
Writing outside the usual perspective your comfortable with can help you though. Even if you struggle with it, you can learn that there are always more than two sides to a story. For example, if you think you can’t write a woman properly, give her male tendencies, such as she loves sports or has fun dirt biking riding, but she’s still a girl or more so a man’s kind of girl. This could make it simpler for you and your reader to connect with your character if she’s not forced into a stereotype you aren’t comfortable expressing.
The same thing goes for the male perspective. Try writing your man with a lot of emotional baggage, for example, he feels better after a good cry and likes to cuddle after lovemaking. Whatever you think makes it easier for you to identify with.
To really throw things into perspective, try writing from a child’s viewpoint without sounding completely out of touch with the age group. Not an easy task especially if you’re not a parent or familiar with kids.
You’ll find that once you master all perspectives, your writing will flourish. Your inhibitions will fade and you will become a more well-rounded author—in my humble opinion, at least.
So here’s your exercise: Write outside your normal perspective within a genre you’re uncomfortable with, such as a comedy or romance. Flex those writing chops, folks, and share the results.