Being mainly a non-fiction writer, I have never felt the need to watch people and write down valuable thoughts that I can use in my writing pieces….until today. Earlier on I was sent a link on Twitter which led me to an article by Cindy Huff called “How People-Watching Makes You a Better Writer” (source: Write It Sideways website and also featured on Scoop.it ). She writes that “people-watching is an essential part of being a writer”.
I’m so glad I read Cindy’s whole article, because the line where she says that “people-watching can create metaphors and similes that drive a point home in an article or piece of non-fiction” was an eye-opener for me. I would never have thought that studying people and their ways would contribute to my non-fiction writing; however, I now feel that I can also take part in this exercise of people watching. It will be a new angle to work from and the notes that I make may be of use in one of my articles or blogs.
Thank you Cindy Huff for the inspiration and thank you Jackie Paulson @thewritershelp for sending the tweet today which inspired me to write this blog in the first place.
Does anyone else use people-watching to create non-fiction writing pieces?
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