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Write from different cinematic angles.

Turn your notebook into a “camera.” Write a scene. Then rewrite it. Change the angle in some way. Use a different point of view. Change the sense it is written in. Change the gender or race of the main character.  Change the genre of the story. Then rewrite it again. And then one more time, for feeling. 

Now, look back at your 4 scenes. Consider the ways that the scene changed in each telling.

  • Did it change a lot or only a little?
    • Do you think it did/didn’t because of your writing skill or because the “angle” required it.
  • What other angles can you think of to give this scene?
  • Which scene would you want to read the rest of the story? Why?
  • How does the angle effect your writing?
    • Were there angles that you liked? Or ones that you didn’t?


I am Myself I am a Wife Blessed with love I am a Mother Endowed with divinity Through the power of creation I am a Daughter Brought into this world With unending hope And the promise of the future I am a Sister Made fierce and strong While forged with kindness Protector and protected Spiraling together forever I am a Nurse Holding out the hands of healing And offering the sick comfort And the dying love Knowing that through this All things are healed and made whole I am a Writer Creating myself and world Sharing the inner depths of humanity Bringing together the divine And the humble mortal I tell the story of the Goddess And am remembered forever

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