Welcome to HubPages! How does 'people watching' enhance your writing?
Well it depends on the mood of the day. But many times it encourages and drives forward.
As I watch people, I get ideas. For instance just yesterday afternoon sitting in the grocery store parking lot, people watching I came up with a funny... I decided (in my head) that the person who developed 'Blue tooth' had to have done so because he saw that 'one guy' walking around talking to himself and felt bad for him. So he decided to create it, so we all looked a little crazy talking to ourselves.
Yes, there was a man walking through the parking lot with his hands in his pockets talking to himself....
Hey, it was just a thought....
It some times inspires me. So many people, so many body types, characters, personalities and then there are the children too. All those faces and expressions . . . life is what it is, living.
Absolutely, my dear , all of my writing is from a point of observing, always a hobby [addiction ] of mine. The most learned part of life are from people watching.
People have two characters, one true one and one that comes from their outward persona and appearance. Assuming that you don't actually meet the person, all you have to go on is their behavior and the way they look. This is where the magic lies, it's like being given a half drawn painting, most of the work has been done, all you have to do is put the pieces together. People watching is a wonderful source of both inspiration and amusement, two things upon which I as a writer rely.
Watching people helps me develop an ear for conversation. The nuances of speech each person has can be discovered if you listen carefully. You will also notice other things about a person (such as body language) that they may not even notice about themselves.
Simple nuances like these can give your characters more life and depth. I'm still practicing on translating what I observe into writing though. It's easier said than done. ^_^
Just watching great Australian documentary 'First Australians' and watched 'Mabo's Law' before. Yesterday I have watched again: 'The poet's introduction to England'.
Love documentaries or movies that make me think and help me to re-shape my understanding of the world around me....I often use this new accumulated knowledge and understanding in my poems and writings...
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