Monday, 8 October 2012

Enduring Understandings

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Using different perspectives in our writing can help us gain insight into the characters in our stories and in the process, improve our writing techniques. This enhances the stories we write and give them deeper meaning. By looking at the characters in our stories from different angles and points of view, we can make our story more meaningful to read for the readers and at the same time give our writing more depth.

An example of this would be if I were to write a story about a tiger and a rabbit, looking at the tiger's perspective, it would think "That rabbit looks delicious!" but from the perspective of the rabbit, it would think "Oh no, I've got to run away!". Using this writing technique, I have found that the meanings and morals of stories can be vastly different from the views of different people. Another example would be the children's story of the hare and the tortoise. You know, that one where we learnt the common moral "Slow but steady wins the race". We can look at it from both the hare's and the tortoise's perspectives. For instance the hare would think "That tortoise is so slow, I can afford to take a break!" but the tortoise would think "The hare is really fast, but if I continue trying, I think I might have a chance!".

What do you think? How does the use of perspectives in your writing affect the meaning and morals?

When I write, my mind has to constantly think about how to phrase my work, and when I'm done, re-read and correct my writing. Here is where writing in different perspectives comes in handy. Let's say I just completed the piece on the rabbit and the tiger. I have written the whole story and have also written it in both perspectives. Now I can go back into my writing and look; how do the perspectives of the characters change the story and improve the overall work? This way, I can reflect on my work, and make it more fruitful in the process.

Does this method work for you? If so, in what way?

Now don't get me wrong, it's not perfect. This is still something that I am working hard on, and still need to improve on. If I were to grade myself against the scale of new learning, consolidating, treading water and drowning, I would have to say I am still consolidating. If you are not aware of what these zones represent, let me explain. If you are learning something that is new and you have pretty much mastered it, you are in the "new learning" zone. If you are learning something new, and have almost mastered it but are not quite there yet, you are in the "consolidating" zone. If you are in "treading water" zone, you are in a situation where you are learning something you have already mastered and learnt before. Lastly, if you are "drowning", you are either way too bored and unfocused because you have already learnt the concepts many times, or you have not grasped the concepts well, and because of this, having no idea what to do or how to do it.

If you have learnt this method of writing in perspectives, where would you rate yourself and why would you rate yourself that way?

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