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Writing Wednesday

Happy Writing Wednesday, friends! There are only a few hours left in the day, but I’d like to take a moment to talk about point of view. I chose to write my women’s fiction trilogy in multiple first person viewpoints. Apparently, I’m a masochist. One technique I used to differentiate the voices is to filter descriptions, metaphors, and similes through each character’s views, interests, and passions. For example, the main character, a caterer and harpist, describes experiences through comparisons to taste and music. Her ex-husband, a radiologist, compares his experiences to medical cases, and he notices everyone’s bone structure. The elderly neighbor, a doll maker, uses sewing and craft imagery in her descriptions. How would your characters experience the world? As an exercise, write one sentence from the point of view of a firefighter having Christmas dinner with his family.

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