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It’s all about perspective

I’ve been thinking today about who we are when we write — and I don’t mean how we view ourselves as people, but who we are as storytellers — because when we write, we can do so from many different perspectives. Depending on what we’re writing about, we can be whomever we want to be.  We can be the victim, the devil’s advocate, the wise owl, the innocent child, or someone entirely different. Which perspective serves us best depends on the story we want to tell. Whether we’re writing to ourselves (in a personal journal or diary) or to others (in a memoir or autobiography), all perspectives are real and true. It’s simply a matter of who we want the storyteller to be.

Do you usually write from the same perspective? If so, what is it? What can you learn about yourself through writing from different viewpoints?  Set the time for ten minutes. Go.

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