Today’s prompt is about seeing things in a different light.
Sometimes, in order to see things differently, we have to step outside of ourselves. We’re five-foot-seven, but our character is six-foot-seven. He sees things differently. We have to try to put ourselves at his height and see what he sees.
Sometimes it’s not so much the level at which the character sees, but what her focus would be. I could look at a room and see things like the lamp shade color or the dust on the coffee table or the artful arrangement of the furniture. A child could look at the same room and see the toy tucked under the coffee table.
It could be a matter of perception. One person enters a room and notices the warmth of the red walls. Another perceives the red as cold and foreboding.
As a writer, you have to “be” your characters. You have to know how they think and see what they see. I have a friend who’s a lifelong fan of the Texas Aggies. He hates orange (University of Texas). Even his girlfriend knows not to wear orange or anything even remotely related to the color. (And in case you’re wondering, he’s a sweetheart in all other aspects.)
You also have to consider the time of day. A woman who enters her empty house at three in the afternoon may feel differently than when she enters that empty house at midnight. It’s not just women. We all see things differently in bright light than we do in dark or waning light.
Take this picture as an example. What do you see in this picture I took a couple of years ago while in South Carolina as the sun was setting? What do you think you don’t see that you would see in the bright daylight?
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