Paula looks at how we ‘see’ our stories.
Does a scene play out in
front of you, as if you are watching it on a stage?
Or are you performing a role
in that play?
The perspective from which we
write our stories can be crucial to how our readers relate to the characters
and scenes we create.
If we write what we see and
hear on that stage e.g. who walks where and who says what etc, our readers may
be able to relate to those actions and words, and even to the emotions of the
characters. However, we (and they) are one step removed. We’re in the audience,
watching from a distance.
Instead of sitting in a
comfortable seat in the auditorium, I think we need to get up on that stage
ourselves and – yes, get into character, just as an actor does.
If, for example, we’re in the
heroine’s POV, we need her perspective on everything that is happening. We’re
not listening to her words, we’re saying those words ourselves. We’re looking
at everything through her eyes, and, perhaps even more important, we’re feeling
everything she feels. This, to me, is going much deeper than simply writing
from a character’s POV about what she does, says, thinks, and feels.
Once we adopt this
perspective, the reader’s perspective will also change. He/she will no longer be
watching from a distance, but will become a part of the scene, and will feel involved in the actions,
thoughts, and feelings of our characters. So get up on that stage, and ‘become’ your hero or