Writing tip 3. How I write

My number one thing. I love to people watch.  

People watching: 

Watching others tells the story for you. No need to think. 

One thing I feel all writers should do if they don’t do it already is people watch. Not through binoculars in your house or apartment but out in the real world. So if you don’t enjoy sitting in a coffee shop or walking through a mall, you should. 

I will bring this up later but this alone right here is all the inspiration you will ever need. There, class is dismissed and you can all stop reading.  

However, please do not stop as we are just getting started. You see when I write my poems they are all about people. I get a kick out of finding out, of guessing how people are feeling. No, I do not go and ask them because they may think that is rather creepy.  

What I do, do is this… I love to watch people come and go. I love to see how people interact with each other and strangers. I love to stereotype people and then add a twist to their personalities. To me, this establishes several things… 

  • Characters 
  • Character development 
  • Story arc/development  
  • Story creation 

Let’s assume you want to write a story. First, you need some sort of story idea and then the characters. By people watching you can achieve all those and then some.  

The characters drive the story. The story is driven by the characters and so on… Now once more I remind you that there is no right way or wrong way to write. We are all very different individuals and so that should remain.  

Now when I people watch and I am in the right frame of mind, meaning relaxed with a bite to eat and a coffee… I can simply observe and take in the above points. 

This I used to do in school, this I did as a young adult and I still do as a slightly older adult. One thing you need to always keep in mind is this. 

No matter what you come up with, real-life and real experiences will always outdo you. 

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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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