Daily Theme from This Is Not a Writing Manual–Voice and Point of View

This is Not a Writing Manual by Kerri MajorMonday’s Daily Theme (June 10) was from Kerri Majors, author of This Is Not a Writing Manual: Notes for the Young Writer in the Real World, out July 9 from Writer’s Digest. This Is Not a Writing Manual is a memoir with advice about writing and the writing life! You can read more from This Is Not a Writing Manual right now on Figment!

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Voice and Point of View (POV)

This is one of the most popular and successful prompts I give my creative writing classes It’s designed to get you thinking about the differences between, and overlap of, voice and POV. It just might result in some of the fun, spunkiest writing you’ve done to date!

Choose a famous character with a clear voice (like Philip Roth’s Nathan Zuckerman, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, or Stephanie Meyer’s Bella), and adopt that voice to write 500-1000 words from the POV of a dog. Yes, a dog-any breed you like!

If it makes it easier, choose a short passage from the novel that stars your chosen character, and pattern your dog’s story on that passage. Most important: Have fun with it!

(Special thanks to David Lodge and his novel Thinks… for inspiring this example!)

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