Describe him searching the guest’s room in 500 words or less. Then rewrite the scene in the second person (using ‘you’ to describe his actions, as though the reader were the detective).Why: Although the second person is very uncommon as a point of view, writing a series of actions in second person can help you get into descriptive mode – you’re putting the reader immediately in the viewpoint character’s shoes, making them see and do exactly what your character sees and does.6.How would their questions be different than the other two tests?Why: Character development makes your characters feel real.
Character one hates public displays and is trying to be hushed, character two doesn’t care at all what the other patrons think. Why: Conflict in dialogue makes it lively and the raised stakes draw readers in.
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In 500 words or less, write the scene and rewrite it twice, once from each character’s perspective: The late arriver, the ex and the host.
Why: Sometimes a story scene can be effective written from a secondary character’s point of view.