Amazing Kids! Magazine

Writer’s Tips – Writing from a Unique Perspective

By: Olivia Pineda, Assistant Editor

There are many different ways of writing a short story, as I’ve talked about in previous issues; however, how about writing from a unique perspective? While many famous novels are told from the point of view of an ordinary person, many others are also written from the outlook of someone (or something) unique. Much like the movies Ratatouille and Toy Story, which are told from the standpoints of a rat and some toys, a story can be written from the angle of just about anything from a cat to a block of cheese. However, writing a story like this may take some extra thinking on your part. Cats and blocks of cheese are bound to think differently than an ordinary human, so it’s important to make sure that you “stay in character”, or, in other words, that your writing is consistently from your unique perspective. Cats are probably not going to go to the supermarket, unless you invent a world where cats are like humans, and blocks of cheese are probably going to be more worried about someone trying to eat them than anything else.

There are multiple methods of introducing the reader to how you’ll be telling the story from a unique or different perspective. If you were to use a cat as your main character, an effective way of beginning a story might be like this:

Hi. I’m Sylvester, and I inhabit the oh-so-lovely home on 45 Elm Street. I split my time between catching mice and eating, because those are the two things I do best. Oh, and yes, I’m a cat.

While this is a rather blunt way to tell the reader that the cat is the main character, it is nevertheless a witty and fun way to do it. Another way might be to show, rather than tell the reader that he or she will be reading about a cat:

Sylvester slinked along the ground, his head turning this way and that, looking for another prey to catch. Oh! He had spotted one! The tiny little mouse, oblivious to everything, was innocently munching on a bit of cheese that had fallen from the trash can. The perfect opportunity! He crouched, his tail swishing back and forth agitatedly, wiggling back into a crouching position, and, in an instant, lunged forward, his claws coming out of his paws sheer milliseconds before latching themselves onto their target.

From this short paragraph, the reader should be able to deduce that Sylvester is a cat, and not a human. Most humans don’t hunt for mice, and no human has retractable claws! This is a way of showing, rather than telling the reader that Sylvester is a mouse-hungry cat.

It’s also important to make sure that your main character has a distinct personality, regardless of what it is. I’ll use the block of cheese for this example. You might think that blocks of cheese can’t think, but it only takes a bit of imagination to come up with a very interesting block of cheese:

I sat, terrified, along with many other cheeses speaking many different languages in what I came to understand to be the supermarket. A lot of the cheeses spoke French, and a few others spoke German and Italian. A lot of us spoke English, too, and we quickly realized that we were all equally scared of what would happen to us. Occasionally, one of us was plucked from where we were nestled in our air-conditioned container and never seen or heard from again. I heard rumors and whispers at night of what happened to us; some said that we were melted; others said that we were simply put in another air-conditioned container; but, most frightening of all was the ever-spreading rumor that we were eaten. By what, or by whom, we didn’t know, but the possibilities of what was outside, in the real world, was at once daunting and strangely exciting.

So, try anything you want! You could build off of my ideas of a block of cheese and a cat, or try something completely new. Let your imagination be your limit, and once you’re done, send it to us! We’d love to read what you’ve written!

One comment

  1. This is a great and very helpful article. Taught me a lot for my next vignette.