#writing #peoplewatching #inspiration
Writers are a strange lot. We spend hours in our writing caves, cut off from the world around us while we conjure false ones. Oh, those worlds could be real. After all, they are populated by people who share our own problems, quirky solutions, and bad decision-making.
We also stole those people. No, this isn’t a sci-fi confession of the Pod People. It’s a hobby, this stealing of people, and we writers are…well, we’re pretty crafty about it. So subtle is our hobby of character thievery, you don’t even realize it’s being done. Not until you browse through the pages of our novels and recognize a gesture, or your favorite t-shirt. The list is long and as random as whatever strikes us as valuable.
Ordinary folks watch people, they sit on park benches and gaze outward for the entertainment value. We writers are snatching bodies while we do it. We’re stealing a walk, a look shared between an old couple, the innocence of a hotdog stand, where behind the shiny aluminum siding are guns and the vendor is a government agent.
It’s the fee we charge to purchase one of our books.
Are you a body snatcher?