Changing your viewpoint is an important writing tool to play with now and then.
It's also a perfect idea to explore in your writer's notebook.
Akin to walking in others' shoes (which we cannot often physically do), writing from a different viewpoint allows us to understand life and story on a deeper level. It's a way of getting at empathy, too.
Take this scenario: Teenage girl is irate with her parents because they would not allow her to attend the after-dance party - which began at 11 o'clock pm, by the way. You can imagine her thoughts and feelings, but what about the thoughts and feelings of her parents?
Skim through your notebook and find either a personal entry or one from a story you were working on.
flip the viewpoint. Write the same scene, or about the same issue, from the other person's point of view.
Here's my practice, which I did in the form of a letter. After reading it you should be able to guess what my original viewpoint was!
Why do you curse me so? It seems it was only a few weeks ago that you were begging, in fact praying, for me to send snow. Do you not remember?
Do you not remember asking for snow on Christmas Eve? The joy on those first snow days? I seem to recall you throwing snowballs quite happily at members of your family. The dog is my witness. You were laughing out there.
So, why are you angry now? I'm not quite sure what you expect me to do. I am winter. I bring cold and snow. You knew this when you chose to live in New England. You act like my sister, Spring, is the better one. Need I remind you that she tends to blow hot and cold? She was the one who froze your apple blossoms last year, not me. She was the reason you had no apples this fall. At least with me you know what you're getting.
Look, if you're mad you broke your shovel on the ice this time, I'm sorry. I'll try to do better. I know it's the white fluffy stuff people prefer anyway. Still, this one wasn't actually my fault, I didn't intend to ice you. It was that warm air that crept in. If people had just been happy with the polar vortex this never would have happened.
Try to forgive me, and I will try to do better.