Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Round-Up - #169


Jean Fischer at The Walrus and the Carpenter dissects the usefulness of eavesdropping and people watching. Check out her tips on becoming an observer.

Have you used any lines you've overheard in a random conversation? Have any people inspired a character in one of  your stories?

A friend, now deceased, was the inspiration for a quirky character in a short story I wrote. She was truly one of a kind.

14 comments:

Marja said...

Oh yes, I have. That is how I write most of my columns for magazines, an opening sentence that I have over heard... the story follows.
Thanks fro the Friday Round-up Susan, enjoy your weekend!

Linda O'Connell said...

Definitely. I am always eavesdropping. I've been know to shush my hubby when we're out and I'm 'listening'.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

My latest idea came from something I read on FB!

~ Wendy

Afsoon and Shapour said...

Hello,

I have visited your blog and enjoyed it very much. It has a great inspiration.

Would you like to visit my weblog which I created in Nov 2010?

My husband and I are Iranian and live in the UK. We love Jesus and our weblog is mostly about our Lord. Since we are Iranian we have added some Persian articles to the weblog, but you can read and watch English ones.

Our weblog is http://creation-to-eternity.blogspot.com

God Bless,

Afsoon

Karen Lange said...

I've used threads from conversations or statements I've heard. As a matter of fact, there are some on our WIP.
Happy weekend,
Karen

Nancy said...

I like to listen to what children say and use their expessions in my work. They often get things just a bit wrong which makes it so cute.

jean Fischer said...

Hi, Susan.

Thanks for linking to my blog this week. Listen up! You never know what you might hear.

Blessings.
Jean

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

A lot of my inspiration comes from daily life. If we keep our eyes and ears open, we'll be amazed at the ideas we glean for our writing.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Linda -

LOL! I guess we writers take our listening to a new level.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Wendy -

Facebook? I guess wherever people gather is a good place to find topics. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Afsoon -

Welcome. I'll try to get over there soon. Thank you for visiting. I hope you'll stop by often.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

I didn't know that! Now, I'm curious. You'll have to tell me which ones. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

You're welcome. You always have excellent content on your blog. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Nancy -

Oh yes, let's not forget listening to children. Their innocence makes their comments all the more endearing.

Blessings,
Susan :)