Hobby or Body Snatching? #MFRWauthor

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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.

For us, people-watching isn’t just a hobby. It’s a necessity. It’s how we feed our stories and the characters living within those pages. The ransom?

It’s the fee we charge to purchase one of our books.

Are you a body snatcher?

~S.C. Dane


About the Author:

S.C. Dane is a paranormal romance author from the coast of Maine who is currently ranching in the mountains of Wyoming.


  1. Meka James February 10, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    LOL love how you put that. We do pick up on quirks, habits, the little things that most people probably wouldn’t pay attention to. I do find now that I people watch in an entirely different way than I did before I started writing.

  2. Helen Henderson February 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    great title.

  3. Trevann Rogers February 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    I love people watching! Of course, one has to be discrete. #learnedthehardway ๐Ÿ˜Š

  4. SCDane February 10, 2017 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Glad you’ve enjoyed the post. I was going to write it in the first person, but realized all writers do this to some degree. So, I wanted to share, knowing my hobby wasn’t a singular thing ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cathy Brockman February 11, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    LOL I have never thought of it like that, but yes I am a people snatcher.

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  7. Heather Boyd February 11, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    People watching is one of my main reasons to leave the house!

  8. SCDane February 11, 2017 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Yeah, I definitely wouldn’t be the writer I am without the body snatching. As for it being the main reason to leave home? Of course! It’s like multi-tasking. Writing research and getting errands done. Win-win ๐Ÿ™‚

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