I’m so helpful lately! You guys should be PAYING me for all this free advice! No?! You think I should pay you for forcing your eyes to bleed and your head to reel like a drunken idiot? Fine. FINE!! Someone slap me, I’m getting a bit full of it… This post is supposed to be about WRITING…in the “I” perspective. So let’s go…
I’ve learned as I’ve progressed through my writing career that writing from the “I” perspective is where it’s at. It’s da bomb, peeps. Most def! HA. Ok, back on topic. I think I like it because it’s raw, real and it gets you up close and personal with your characters. When I try to write from he/she or from past tense now, I just can’t do it. I think my writing career is set in stone from here on out because writing this way is my style. And we all know I’m so freaking stylish.
When you write from “I” you really have to own it though. You can’t be timid or afraid, you have to express thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, all of it, because as “I” you are feeling all of this from the inside out, sorta…kinda…almost like…how you experience your own life. WHOA, MIND. BLOWN!!? So if my character happens to swear like a trucker insider her thoughts, that’s gotta be on the page. If she makes fun of herself or others in interesting ways in her head, that too has to be right there. If she’s sarcastic or self-depreciating or oh so clever or dirty in her thoughts, better make it happen. And be honest with how it feels too. Is your heart throbbing? Are your hands shaking? Is your stomach trying to turn itself inside out? Well, is it? Be honest!
Like this lovely sarcastic thought from Victoria’s head:
“No telling what kind of liquid could be in there….it’s just water Occiffer. I swear!”
So here’s a little exercise on how to write from “I”
Go to your living room. No trust me, we’re not gonna watch TV. Shut up, don’t question, just do what I say. (Do you like it when I get bossy during writing exercises?! Oy!)
Sit or lay on the couch
Close those peepers. Just do it! I’m not gonna do anything gross to you!
BA-BOOM…wake up that creative mind!
Try not to think about ME (HA…I’m in your HEAD NOW!!! BWAHAHAAAA….ha)
Imagine that you are your character.
How do you feel, what’s happening to you?
What kinds of things are zinging through your head as you experience the scene before you?
What words do you speak, what do you hear?
How do you interpret what’s happening to you?
What do you hate, what do you love? What makes you smile like a insane person?!
How the hell do you feel inside?
What’s the old body up to?
Heart? Eyes? Senses? Fingers? Twitching? Tongue? GROSS!!
So…Are you disgustingly happy and gleeful or are you smug or plotting? Is your heart light and singing or is the blackness seeping in around the edges of your vision?
Now open those peepers and seek out that flat board with those weird little letter nubs on it.
Put your fingers in the prescribed formation and start typing! No hunt and PECK!!
Write the scene you just imagined. Feel it. Vomit it onto the page. No I’m serious, you need to really let all that shit hang out. Get personal, in all the gory details. Like, did you wear a dirty pair of underwear today and it’s bothering you, WRITE that down!
Just kidding! But really, you do need to be honest in the “I” perspective and this is what I love about it. I want to be close to my characters, I want to BE them and I want you, as the reader, to be close to them too, like one big happy disgusting family that knows all its own gross gag-me secrets! Climb into my head and I’ll climb into yours! Stop making it sexual, you pig! Take the ride that is “me” or “I” and be glad you can hop off before it crashes and burns on impact.
Go forth and create emotional raw real worlds from “I” cause everything is all about “I” or “me”. We believe in nothing Lebowski…except for narcissism.
Ok, writer out.