The Fantasy Event

Part 2

Cats, dogs, and mice.

Sooner or later, everyone wants to write in the point of view of the family pet.  Most serious workshops view this with, well, undisguised contempt, and if you don't believe me, sign up for a writing workshop at one of the better universities.  Ugh! Pooh! They hate it.

But, there are those tempting creatures, just begging us to give them a try.

So what is the objection to the animal point of view?  To some extent I think it is justified.  Anyone who has ever spent any serious time teaching writing, knows full well the horrible sort of stuff that comes from these cat and dog stories.  It's the same way with the parody of "Little Red Riding Hood."  Oh, how we have suffered with these wolves!

But it doesn't have to be that way.  One of the big tricks to writing anything well is to take a moment to think things out before it is too late.

For example:  Did it never occur to you that someone else might have thought of your idea first.  And did it never occur to you that if it's a fairly simply and commonplace idea, there might be a whole lot of someone else's?   

Think.  That's the key.

And now the cat story.  

Without further instruction (if I explain my thinking, I don't think this will work.) here goes.

point of view---first person, the cat.
length of story--at least 750 words (not all of them meow)

And here is the hitch.  Exercises is to be repeated three times, or more.  

Three different cat stories, all in the point of view of a cat. Same cat? Maybe not.  Same setting (home or alley?)  Maybe not.  The idea here is to get a fresh start each time.

As the saying goes, the third time is the charm.

And here is a link to a story written in the point of view of a snowman.  Why not read it before you start?  The Snowman 
 

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