Writing Can Be Murder

January 5, 2007

Perspective

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 10:32 am

 On Tuesday: I heard the following snippet from the eulogy Tom Brokaw delivered for President Ford: “Gerald Ford brought to the political arena no demons, no hidden agenda, no hit list or acts of vengeance.”

 I was surprised. After all, I consider Tom Brokaw to be a “real” journalist.  Why was he slamming President Bush in such a public forum?

 From my perspective that was what he was doing. According to just about everyone else in the free world, his comments referred to Richard Nixon not George W. Bush.

On Wednesday: I was confiding to a friend that I was a little down that I hadn’t accomplished more in 2006. She looked at me like I was nuts and then launched into a list of what I HAD done.

 On Thursday: I received a mailing from a mail order food company telling me that “only select people in your area are being made this special offer”. Lucky me, I muttered in my most sarcastic tone, I bet no one else is getting this great offer.

Hours later my sister (who lives 2+ hours away) called and told me excitedly about this “Great deal” she’d gotten from said food company. She believed she’d been especially chosen for this “special offer”.

 Everything comes down to a matter of perspective.

If you think about it, the conflict between characters in novels comes down to a matter of perspective. Each has their own specific way of looking at the world and that tends to lead to misunderstanding and conflict.

 I guess perspective can be a writer’s best friend, but, it’s tough to get a grip on it in real life!

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2 Comments »

  1. Ah, good post. Perspective is everything. It’s something that’s much easier to teach our characters than ourselves but once we figure out the trick of putting everything in perspective, the world does become an easier place to live in. JMHO.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — January 5, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

  2. Can you teach me how to do it? Please!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — January 6, 2007 @ 12:24 pm


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