Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Two Sides Prompt #writerwednesday

So here's yet another writing prompt in my five part series. This one focuses on perspectives of two characters. And all you need is a personal story from your life.

There are two sides to everything. Except in most cases my girlfriend's perspective is always right.
Take a very dramatic moment you've seen from your life. Now try to write it from your perspective. Tell the whole story as if your were narrating the events as they happened live onstage. Then pick out a character from your story that you don't connect to and tell the story from their point of view. Make sure that this is the character that you don't agree with and would probably cut if you had to. Then after you've told the story from those two sides combine them together into a full play.

The key to this prompt is empathy. Sometimes we point fingers at people in our plays and forget that there are different viewpoints to them. So by putting a story through the perspective of another person you start to get some real depth.

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