Your Ordinary is Someone Else’s Extraordinary

A Pen In Each Hand

By Beaver

  1. Start a “character” worksheet for yourself. Highlight aspects of your background, personality, or experience that you rarely/never see represented in stories, essays, etc., regardless of how insignificant you think they are. Make an effort to consciously incorporate these details into your writing, especially if you have not done so in the past.
    1. Take an existing story and rewrite it from the perspective of a character with your point-of-view.
    2. Take an existing essay and write about the topic from your perspective.
  2. Pick an experience or incident from your past that you haven’t written about because you didn’t think it was important or interesting enough. Imagine an audience that has never experienced this “ordinary” thing—for whom this experience is extraordinary—and write about it. Assume your audience knows nothing about this experience and thus needs it described down to the last detail to understand it. When you have finished a draft, start at the beginning and add more details. Repeat, until you absolutely can think of nothing more to add. Let the piece rest. When you return to it with fresh eyes, think about what elements are most compelling and prune and shape it accordingly.
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