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Earl and I: A Conversation on Writers’ Point-of-View

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germI wrote and posted this exactly ten years ago today on the Soul Food Cafe website.  (Sychronicity is interesting, isn’t it).  The piece IS weird, I do concede, even for me, but it was an exercise for myself to learn to write from a different point of view.  It gets the point across, I hope, on the importance of perspective and point-of-view in writing.   Enjoy.

 

 

Point-of-View

“Hey! Hey! Watch it with that disinfectant!”

I paused my cleaning and squinted at the tabletop.

“Yeah, you. I’m talking to you. That stuff burns.”

“Excuse me? Who’s talking to me?”

“Me, Earl.”

“Earl, I don’t see you.”

“Of course not. I’m invisible to the naked eye.”

“Um, okay. What are you Earl?”

“Bacterium–bacillus cereus to be exact.”

“A talking germ?”

“Well, not really. It’s all in your mind.”

“I see.”

“Yeah. I’m supposed to teach your something about writing.”

“Oh really. What exactly am I supposed to learn about writing from a germ?”

“Watch that tone, sweetie, or I’ll smack you with a case of gastroenteritis!”

“Alright, alright, don’t get you shorts in a wad. What did you need to teach me?”

“Perspective. It’s all about perspective—the view we present to the reader when when we write.”

“Okay…..”

“For instance, have you ever envisioned what it might be like for, let’s say, Picornaviridae Rhinovirus, to enter a nostril?”

“Can’t say that I have, but I would imagine it would be rather like being in a dark forest.”

“Exactly, a dark forest of nose hairs…..”

“So I should put myself in the character’s shoes when I write fiction.”

“You got it.”

“Thanks.”

“Uh, you’re not still going to squirt me with disinfectant, are you?”

“Well…..sorry…..” I aimed my squirt bottle. “Guess you gotta see it from my point-of-view.”

Ljg (c) June 30, 2006 at the Soul Food Cafe, and reposted June 30, 2016

Inspired by the Letter B at the Soul Food Cafe    

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2 thoughts on “Earl and I: A Conversation on Writers’ Point-of-View

  1. Reblogged this on While Waiting For Godot and commented:
    Some time back, while I waited for Godot to reveal my life path, I looked back at pathways I had walked and couldn’t help admiring the constellation that is Soul Food. It took ten years to build and although a series of shattering life events took me away from Soul Food, Soul Food and Lemuria remains my private sanctuary, the place where I am the creative doula, purveyor of stimuli that I was meant to be. Given world events Soul Food and Lemuria feel like the place to be. Seeing work from those heady, creative days republished has affirmed my decision to pass through the door that leads to an amazing world. It seems I may just have to go and be who I am.

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