Blogging 365 – What a writer is thinking when they look at you

21 Jan

Have you ever had some stare at you intensely when you’re out and about? Well if they’re not crazy or a stalker  they may very well be a writer. This is not a bad thing! When we stare and look at you our minds are racing with ideas. Here are a few potential ones.

– I wonder what would happen if my character did that?

– Would my book benefit from having someone like you in it?

– I like your eyes/cheeks/smile/hair etc I think I’ll give that to my character.

If there are any writers out there I’d love to hear what you’re thinking when you watch people and I know you do it too, it’s part of the job description!


Posted by on 21/01/2012 in Authors, Blogging 365, Writing


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4 responses to “Blogging 365 – What a writer is thinking when they look at you

  1. Kaitlin

    21/01/2012 at 7:28 am

    “I wish I had a place to fit that guy as a character…”

    I have thought this multiple times, most notably at the guy at my college who walked around in tails and a top hat, and the old man in a brown suit with a dark blue beret and sky blue patent leather shoes. He was smiling like the cat that caught the canary.

  2. Elizabeth

    21/01/2012 at 7:30 am

    I used to write stories about the people on the bus. Right in front of them. Give them life that was probably not their own.
    I pretty much think the same things you do, but not the last one. I see my characters clearly myself, but I describe most physical traits vaguely in my actual writing.

  3. Kimberly Schure

    21/01/2012 at 8:42 am

    Developing a character is the toughest thing for me. Getting inspiration from looking around you and doing some “people watching” is always a good start.

  4. Bailey Taylor

    22/01/2012 at 6:51 am

    This may sound a little on the weird side, but since I struggle with the whole show-don’t-tell thing, I try to pick out any details about the (unfortunate) person that catch my attention. I say “unfortunate,” not for me, but for the person. It’s great for me because my mind is racing on how I can describe this guy or girl, but it’s just as you said in this post. He or she is probably wondering why I’m staring so intently at them.


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