Sunday, July 12, 2015

A Witing pwompt?

Write a scene or story in first-person from the point of view of a young child. Some of the things you need to keep in mind are
  • The child's vocabulary.
  • The child's lack of experience, and his or her personal explanations for things he or she doesn't totally understand.
  • The child's motivations and desires.
All these will be different from what you would expect from an adult character.

Ulterior motive

Scared child
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Writing from perspectives different from your own is a good exercise for any writer.

Children have different desires and fears than adults do, and sometimes they are irrational. That fact allows you to create scenes and conflicts that are, at heart, irrational but to the reader seem perfectly plausible.

Children can find fear in joyous events, or rationalize and marginalize horrific events, giving you, the writer, opportunities to tell a story in a backward sort of way.

For a great example of horrific events seen through a child's rationalization, read Emma Donoghue's Room. It's simultaneously heart-breaking and uplifting.