What I find interesting about this, is the idea that story is multi-faceted, it has perspective. But perspective is not available from a single viewpoint, it requires multiple viewpoints.
Adiche says in this talk, that “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
So, in order to break stereotypes, you need to apply the same thinking. Single viewpoint characters are flat, unstructured, whereas interesting characters have multiple facets, which means they can be (and should be) observed from different viewpoints, and they can observe different viewpoints.
Even if the story you are telling has single viewpoint character, you need to provide some reference to that viewpoint, some alternative way of seeing the way that character stands in the world of the story. This requires the same sort of thinking: the multiple story thinking.
Join me July 2017 at the Creative Writing PD Masterclass for ATAR English teachers, and we’ll see how this thinking comes about. Details here.