• http://bizziwriter.com Carrie Schmeck

    “Such energy could fuel a light bulb.” I *love* that sentence!

    And I just had a conversation about people-watching. I am a non-fiction writer so I tend to ask why. Why would that lady do that? What would have happened if…? For me, that usually leads to an investigative feature article. I’m working on letting my mind make up details because I would like to venture into the world of fiction.

    Thank you for the picture of *how* you do it.
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    • http://jubileewriter.wordpress.com Cindy Huff

      hey, Carrie,
      If you love investigative reporting think mystery when you delve into fiction. Have fun!

  • http://byronscurse.wordpress.com Ashley Prince

    I love people watching. Working at Barnes & Noble is such a joy because there are constantly different kinds of people in and out of the store. From the cute little children, to the angsty teenagers, to crazy parents, and then of course, the cute old couples.

    Great post!
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  • http://thomasmarkzuniga.com TMZ

    I’m definitely sure to carry a little notebook whenever I go out to places like Panera or the park. Especially the airport. There’s just too many possibilities for inspiration in the form of other people. I marvel at the thought of including one of these ‘characters’ in a story someday, and I can’t help wondering if someone ever people-watches me like I do them.
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  • http://lucentdusk.com Gargantua

    I have to agree with TMZ about the airport. It is by far my most favorite place to people watch.
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  • http://sarahrcallender.wordpress.com Sarah Callender

    And people-LISTENING too. On the rare occasion that my husband and I are out to dinner, I can’t help but listen in (yes, eavesdrop) on the other diners’ conversations. Other people are infinity times more interesting than I! My husband can’t understand how I can eavesdrop and carry on conversation with him. One ear is on him, the other is on that terribly unhappy couple who’s fighting about the Visa bill to my right.

    Great post, Cindy!

    • http://granbee.wordpress.com Rose Byrd

      Sarah, my now-adult children were always amazed when growing up and attending public events with me that I could hear from Row 6 back up to Row 86! Don’t you find we listen with much more than our ears?

  • http://ramblingsfromtheleft.wordpress.com florence fois

    Thanks, Cindy. I can see you are a great addition to WIS :)

    The baby in the family, the only girl in a sea of boys, the odd-ball out and the kid who daydreamed … that was the beginning. Characters float in my head … I did two posts on how we “find” characters. I mine the backroads of my memory and use everything. People eating at a lunch counter, old folks shopping, kids in their own world. I am a people watcher, a people lover and have been blessed to find great characters everywhere.
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  • http://la-alicia.blogspot.com Alicia

    the airport is one of my fave places to watch people. i invent where they are going and why just based on the visual information I collect in 10 seconds. it’s fun to do this with another person too. you just have to be respectful not to stare and make people wonder why you’re looking at them!
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  • http://granbee.wordpress.com Rose Byrd

    ALL of my posts this week have been written in my notebook while people-watching/listening with more than just eyes and ears! How much I agree with Sarah Callender about the listening!

  • http://jubileewriter.wordpress.com Cindy Huff

    Listening is always interesting. Ever wonder what is being said on the other side of that loud cell phone conversation?
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  • http://serbaughman.wordpress.com/ Sarah Baughman

    Great post, Cindy! It reminded me a bit of a fiction writer who once told me that she wasn’t always sure what her characters were going to do next. Fictional characters can– and should– be just as complex as real people, so observing all kinds of people as you suggest certainly aids character development. It seems it could really help writers develop authentic dialogue, too.
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  • http://www.ileandrayoung.com Ileandra Young

    Its so true!
    I only just wrote a blog entry about where my characters come from and a lot of them come from just watching people go about their lives.
    Brilliant piece!
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