This topic has been on my mind for a while. Have you ever noticed that most writers have the super power of—noticing :) I read books and think, “Wow, I never noticed that, but it’s SO true!”
Writers notice everything. I don’t know of any other job that requires such great powers of observation. Maybe a spy—maybe. Or a mom—for sure.
Here are a few things I notice:
People: I watch people. I want to see how they interact with each other. I love to see their quirks and habits. What motivates them and how can I show that motivation through their actions?
Settings: Whether it is outside or inside, buildings or nature, events or quiet moments—I notice it. What is it that makes a haunted house creepy? How can I use those same principles to make a hospital or grocery store just as creepy.
Language: I notice the funny things people say. I notice the unusual words they use. But most of all, I notice what language says about them and how they view the world.
I’m sure there are more, but these are the three I notice myself noticing :)
What about you? AWhat do you notice? Tell me. I’m dying to know.