You’re telling the reader what your character thinks your character, not an observer.When you rewrite in third person (if you prefer this POV), some of this immediacy will carry over.2.Why: Character development makes your characters feel real.
A detective is called to a small hotel to investigate the disappearance of a guest.
Describe him searching the guest’s room in 500 words or less. Then rewrite the scene in the second person (using ‘you’ to describe his actions, as though the reader were the detective).
This exercise will help you create multi-character scenes that are complex and rich with dramatic potential.11.
Imagine your character has gone hiking in a forest on a mountainside. Describe what they hear as they pass through different parts – a densely wooded area, a stream, and a high ravine.
Why: Although the second person is very uncommon as a point of view, writing a series of actions in second person can help you get into descriptive mode – you’re putting the reader immediately in the viewpoint character’s shoes, making them see and do exactly what your character sees and does.6.
Two characters who are romantically involved are having an argument at a bar.A POV writing exercise courtesy of Writer’s Digest: A teenage couple is sitting at a restaurant, playfully making up a fake Cosmo love test for each other. Now, write the same scene, but this time the couple is in their thirties. Write the same scene again, but this time the couple has been married for fifteen years.How would their questions be different than the other two tests?When you’re finished, join Now Novel for step-by-step prompts that will help you brainstorm your book:1. She visits her favourite public place and sees something that makes her want to stay.Describe this in 500 words, using third person POV (he/she). Why: Rewriting third person scenes (especially emotional ones) in first person helps you find your character’s voice.crossing arms, pacing back and forth, sitting down, standing up) between their spoken lines instead. “You said the same thing yesterday.” She crosses her arms, leaning back.)Why: Dialogue tags can be distracting and repetitive.Body language can show how your characters are speaking and feeling without telling the reader outright, and this brings characters to life.8.Two characters have been stuck in a lift for an hour.They were strangers but they begin opening up, telling each other about their lives while they wait for assistance.Write their argument about how to complete the project.Why: It’s important when writing multi-character scenes to give each character a voice that corresponds to their immediate goals as well as personalities.