On Writing: Be a people-watcher

Don’t look like you’re looking, don’t look like you’re listening, but people-watch and eavesdrop wherever you go. Listen to how people speak, what they say and what sets their speech apart from others. See that girl on the bench with scuffed Converse, blue hair and a hand-me-down handbag? What’s her story? Make one up! She could be your next iconic character. Or possibly a boring stereotype. Make your writing count!