Writing 101 -- Writers Observe

There's a saying out in writer land that Writer's Write. It's what we do.

I'll agree with this . . . up to a point.

But before writers write, we observe. Some people would call it daydreaming, but we call it world building or plotting.

We people watch. We watch interactions between our friends, with our family members, or simply sit on a bench at the mall and watch the world walk by.

Do you think all those writers who are at Starbucks are actually writing? Well, they are, but they are also sipping their beverage of choice and look around at the people coming and going.

And then they proceed to make up stories and back stories about those characters.

Writers study human nature. The ability of an action inspiring a reaction depending on the personalities of the involved parties. We can psychoanalyzing various personality types, but we don't have to write a paper or explain to other family members how to deal with it.

We just lie about it on paper.

It's called fiction.

So many people will ask writers where they get their ideas. It's not hard to figure out, all you have to do is look around and observe--just be sure to change the names . . . 

If you want to be a writer start your journey simply by observing. Yes, you will eventually have to learn to put your world onto paper, but you will be learning a lot about human nature, motivation and characterization.

Later, Peeps!


Jody Werner said...

I do that with artwork, too. It'll percoloate in my brain while I'm doing something else before it ever comes out on paper.

What's interesting about writing, to me, is that I swear I do NOT think up most of my ideas. They come from someplace waaaaay beyond me, and I'm just the conduit for writing them down. When I sit down to write, I actually often don't have any idea what the characters are going to do, or say. I'm as surprised as the next person. That's one of the things I really love about writing.

M. A. Golla said...

A lot of ideas start of with an inpsiration and then the 'what if' scenario happens. That's how most of mine have generated