The Trick of Point of View in Nonfiction Writing

What colour is the shadow behind the “No Parking Sign”. Purple? The colour of your mother’s bathroom wallpaper? The colour of  the silk tie you wore to that board meeting where you lost the account to the guy with the apricot-coloured tie from Toronto? The colour of a vinegar bottle from before the First World War? You’ve seen the colour before. Morning Orchid eyeshadow? Look at it.

commercial

 

That colour is the setting of your story. Even the green grass at the bottom of the pole is part of that colour’s story. This is the kind of point of view you need in order to write nonfiction. That other point of view: who’s speaking this story, first person, second person, third person … that’s of no use to you now. No-one’s telling this story. It’s telling you.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s