“Point of view” refers to the position of the narrative voice when telling a story. A first-person narrator is a character in the story that tells the story to the reader, like in Libba Bray’s YA novel Going Bovine. A third-person narrator tells the story without being a part of the story, as in Beloved by Toni Morrison. Some books may even have multiple narrators, like William Faulkner’s famous novel As I Lay Dying. Either way, the narrative voice can be reliable or unreliable. Do you believe the narrator of every story, like the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” for example?
Try writing a short story based on one of the point-of-view prompts below!
- Tell a story about a giant who needs a new pair of shoes from the point of view of the giant, or the point of view of a shoe sales clerk.
- Describe dinner preparation from the point of view of a kitchen appliance.
- Show the reader what a baby is thinking about while they are learning to crawl.
- Tell a story about an elderly person taking their dog for a walk from the point of view of the elderly person, and then from the point of view of the dog.
- Describe a teacher’s thoughts while their students are at recess.
- Tell a story about a cat concerned about their owner during bath time from the point of view of the cat.
- Show a boy making breakfast in bed for his mother from the point of view of the boy, and the point of view of his mother.
- Describe the day of an ice-cream vendor at the beach during a heat wave.
- Tell a story about a hungry raccoon looking for something to eat in your neighborhood or near your school.
- Show the point of view of a book that hasn’t been checked out of the library for nearly a year.
- Tell a story from the point of view of the new girl in town at the neighborhood block party.
- Describe the point of view of a toy or other item that has been passed down from an older sibling to a younger sibling.
- Show the point of view of someone who lives next door to a superhero.
- Tell a story about a werewolf who works at a doggy day care from the point of view of one of their coworkers.
- Tell a story about a haunted house from the point of view of a forgetful ghost, and from the point of view of an adult who lives in the house.
Feel free to adapt the prompts if you need to, and don’t worry if you find yourself veering too far from them. It’s called creative writing, after all!