Friday, September 11, 2009
Mingle, People, Mingle
This is not a book review. I haven't even read this book, so I don't know anything about it. But how could I resist the cover? It is just too perfect for today's topic. As writers, we tend to spend much time alone. We spend hours and hours without talking to a single other human being. I think most of us enjoy being alone, or we wouldn't be writers. The problem is, though, if we don't interact with people, how can we write about them? If we don't see the world around us, how can we describe it? I think it is important to get out of the house and interact with people and our surroundings as much as possible. Nothing is more inspiring than real life. I'm a people watcher. (My husband calls it staring, but what does he know?) I get a lot of great ideas from being out around people. For example, one of my minor characters is a boisterous, southern gentlemen who wears a big cowboy hat. I saw a man exactly like this at a restaurant when I was writing my first book, and I knew I had to use him as a character. I paid attention to his mannerisms and was able to transfer that to my character. He has a very small role in my ms, but he is an interesting fellow. I'm not the best at setting description. I have to have a clear image of a place in my mind in order to describe it. For this reason, it's important for me to experience many different types of settings. For example, tonight, I'm going to the high school football game because my daughter will be performing with the dance team at halftime. Of course I'm looking forward to seeing her performance, but I'm also looking at it as a research opportunity. I have several scenes set at high school football games. When I'm there tonight, I'm going to take everything in and hope to come home and transfer those images to paper. In what ways does real life inspire you? Award Time! The Silver Shoe of Sincerity Award is intended for someone who shows absolute sincerity in their blog interaction. To find out more click here. The recipient can pass it on, but does not have to. This week's recipient is Stephanie Faris of Steph in the City. I've noticed her comments on so many bloggers' posts. They are sincere and well thought out. I'm amazed at her ability to follow so many blogs and comment on all of them. If you don't already follow her, go check out her blog. I'd also like to thank Kim over at Land of Mama Grits for honoring me with the Over the Top Award. I'm flattered. Thanks for thinking of me. Have a great weekend everyone!