Bakers Dozen: Creative Writing Workbook (Chapter 5, page 1 of 5)


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Chapter 5

If you were involved in a car wreck, your guilt might just depend on "point of view". Point of view means the person/narrator/author who is telling the story. Many times, the impact and creativity of your story depend on what point of view the author uses.

These are the major points of view.

A. First person - A character in the story tells what happens. (The "I" viewpoint).

1. Major - a major character in the story tells what happened 2. Minor - a minor character or observer tells what happened Example: This story involves a character by the name of George who steals something from a store. A customer sees him do it. In first person, major point of view, the story might go like this.

Most people don't even know my name. It's George, in case you were interested.

Don't worry though; I'm just poor white trash.

"Could I help you?" the clerk asked me.

Like I could really afford to buy anything.

"No," I said.

"Sir," a lady said.

I don't know why I did it, but as soon as he turned around, I reached out and grabbed a CD to stuff in my coat.

In first person, minor point of view, the clerk or the lady who sees George steal something could tell the story. If it were written from the lady's viewpoint, the story might go like this.

I saw this kid no more than 13 or 14 years old. He was poor white trash if I ever saw it. I heard the clerk ask him if he needed some help. Like this kid could really afford to buy something.

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