The topic: Creating your own character, i.e., shaping your persona
The exercise: Using a two-person scene you’ve already written, write the scene again using the other person as the first person narrator.
Silence as they write.
Then, a chuckle. I glance up from my lesson plan. Bill laughs, running his fingers over his chin and pressing them into his eyes.
“What’s up?” I ask.
He chuckles again.
“I just figured out how my superior officer convinced me to do a really unpleasant job.”
“By considering the scene from the other person’s perspective?”
“Yeah, I just…I just never thought about it. Now…he played me like a keyboard!”
“I haven’t seen him in years, but I think it might be time to track him down. Played me like a keyboard!”
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