First off, I think I officially decided which of my two project proposals I’m going to do. Knowing me I’ll want to change my mind again, but I’m sticking with it. I’m going to pull from earlier pieces of writing I’ve done about seventh grade when I went blind in one eye. This was a year long traumatic experience for me, and it had a lasting affect on not only my eyeball, but also my family. They experienced the fear and anger with me, and they experienced their own fear and anger as well. So for this project, I want to retell the story from their perspectives, in order to attempt to discover how it impacted our relationships and why this was such an important event for me.
My first step of research was to dig up my old essays about my eye. The two that I could find were from 2012 and 2014 (Junior year of high school and freshman year of college). Reading through them was actually really interesting- it was cool to see not only how my writing ability progressed and improved over the course of two years, but also how my ideas and thoughts regarding this specific topic changed. The second essay I focused much more on how the experience affected my mom, because she blamed herself for everything and probably went through more distress than I did.
Beyond looking at these essays, I’ve started trying to search through the Atlantic and find articles that are similarly structured (told from multiple perspectives). One that really caught my eye was about the benefits of writing from perspectives other than your own. It is written from the perspective of an author who recently wrote from the perspective of a poacher in India. Throughout the article, he shares how challenging it was, and also the tricks and advice he learned about the best ways to embrace the character. As he says, it is most important to focus on the tone- not what that person would say, but how they would say it. That’s something I had never really considered, and it made me both excited and a little scared to attempt this- I think it will be rewarding if I can pull it off, I just hope I can.
I’m looking forward to continuing to explore the Atlantic and hopefully find some articles that are actually written in multiple perspectives—that will be the next stage of this research.
Here’s the Atlantic article for anyone who’s interested: