Today’s Writing Tip

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Make it a habit to “people watch” when you’re in places like the grocery store, the mall, waiting in the doctor’s or dentist’s office, or Walmart. When you see someone who catches your eye, think of how you would describe that person if s/he were in one of your stories. (Try not to stare, it could get you in trouble.)

As they say, truth is stranger than fiction, and you can often see characters far beyond anything you could imagine, unless you’re deep into fantasy writing and this sort of thing comes naturally. Even then, it can fuel your already-fertile imagination. This is also one way to put your time to good use while doing routine errands that can sometimes feel like a nuisance when you’d rather be writing.

2 thoughts on “Today’s Writing Tip

  1. Marcha, One of the characters in my Oliver books was inspired by a man and his dog who live rough in Sebastopol. One of the reasons I included him in the book is because I have great admiration and respect for his dog. Even my trainer friend remarked on the dog’s dignified behavior. Yesterday I saw a skinny man walking with shoulders raised up to his ears. Noted. 🙂

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