My number one thing. I love to people watch.
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…
- 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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