The single greatest tool in a writer’s toolbox is observation. The best writers could moonlight as a P.I. or a stalker (and in the case of certain Canadians, some do). After all, how can you expect to write about people and situations if you don’t take in the people and situations around you?
Today, we’re going to play a little game purely for my amusement.
Take a little while after you read this and be a keen observer. Take note of everything, no matter how mundane and trivial it may seem. Then, write down the 5 most interesting (or uninteresting) things you observe and come back to share them with all of us.
I spy with my little eye…
1) the dog’s whimpering that raises in pitch in direct correlation to how far away my footsteps are
2) bumper sticker on the back of a truck that says “I love My Wife” directly underneath another sticker that resembles a n S&M couple
3) an Indian couple arguing outside an office building peppering their speech with the occasional expletive
4) plucking individual pieces of fuzz from my black tights because the only tape we have is cheap and won’t pick it up
5) the distinctly floral scent emanating from a burly construction foreman