Recently, I was watching a toddler. He sat bored in his living room, looking at nothing in particular. Then, suddenly, he bent down, planted his hands and feet on the ground, and stood on his head. Seeing him staring upside down made me smile, but it made him laugh hysterically. He sat like this for quite awhile, just laughing away. His delight at his new perspective got me thinking about perspectives in writing and how important they are.
One of my favorite writing buddies was working on a story that was good, but something was missing. Someone recommended writing from another character’s perspective as well, and everything in her story just seemed to click. I also was recently working on a story. I additionally wrote a story from a minor character’s point-of-view, and to my surprise, many people enjoyed this second story to the first.
Since that point, I also started reading a book written from multiple characters point-of-views. In the past when I have read books written this way, there still seemed to be a dominating perspective. In this book, however, there wasn’t. Each character’s point-of-view was written as equally important. Seeing this allowed me to really take a step back and look at my own characters. I was able to really ask myself, “is this the best perspective for what I am trying to achieve?” And to my surprise, just asking this question has really helped my writing.