First, a little business:

  • Spoilers Wanted (JF 500+): How did you like the ending of your novel? (Some novels are open-ended — nothing is decided. Some novels have unhappy endings. Some novels end with a cliff hanger to get you ready for a sequel! Some novels have surprising endings! Some novels have long, boring endings where all kinds of details are figured out after the action is finished).

Objective: Using the perspectives of multiple characters to dig deeper into stories.

One way to open up a story is to think about events from the perspective of more than one character.  Actors do this all the time, and it’s not unusual to find new ideas with this technique.

Imagine you are an actor, preparing to play each of the parts in Ponies below:

  1. Barbara (JF 500+) Describe the events of the story from Barbara’s point of view, focusing on the character’s feelings, motivations and reactions to events.
  2. Sunny (JF 500+) Describe the events of the story from Sunny’s point of view, focusing on the character’s feelings, motivation and reactions to events.
  3. TopGirl (JF 500+) Describe the events of the story from TopGirl’s point of view, focusing on the character’s emotions, motivation and reactions to events.

Answering Deep Questions by Thinking Like the Character

Deep Character Questions (JF 500+ Choose One or More):

  • What motivates Sunny to let himself be mutilated?
  • Why do Starblossom and the other ponies kill Sunny?
  • Why is the voice the very last thing Sunny will agree to lose?
  • What does it show you about Barbara that she still wants to join TheOtherGirls after her pony is dead?
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