March Madness Check In Day 16--I Spy
First let me start off with today's winner:
Go to this post to pick out your prize http://denisejaden.blogspot.ca/2013/03/march-madness-is-here-wipmadness.html
And then email Denise your choice at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com and she'll get it to you.
Last Summer I was lucky enough to be able to attend ALA as it was held in Anaheim, California. I live about 30 minutes away so I didn't have any excuse. I went.
One galley I picked up, A YEAR OF WRITING DANGEROUSLY by Barbara Abercrombie, sounded intriguing as it's a collection of quotes, lessons, prompts from a UCLA Extension Writing teacher. Today I thought I'd share one of her prompts with everyone.
52. The Writer as Spy.
The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You're there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see-every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties...
I admit it. I love to eavesdrop on conversations.
I don't go to this extreme. Or even do this:
I love to listen to other conversations while at Starbucks, Panera, the library, and even at my son's satellite school which include high schoolers.
Once at dinner, we were seated next to a bilingual couple and their teen. Of course, I was listening. My husband knew what I was doing and later asked what they were discussing. Since I'm fluent in Spanish, I got the overall jist of their conversation. Plus, I picked up some great dialogue for my own writing. Not only that but I picked up on the mannerisms and body language too.
I admit I sometimes feel like this:
Or I might just 'ask'. I've done this a few times while I sat in satellite school's study hall which happened to be filled with teens. What they shared shocked me at times but overall helped me see things through their eyes. **And yes, they love e-books and no FB isn't all that!
My question today is do you do your own I Spying to help with your writing? Can you share any interesting discussions you might have picked up on?
Stop by tomorrow with Kelsey Macke at http://www.kelseyiswriting.blogspot.com