January 5th, 2010
Let’s return to bare bones this week, what do you say?
I was given this exercise in a college writing class, and I clearly remember observing an older man who was eating alone. During my 15-minute study, I absorbed his every move and translated it to my writing. The way he carried the tray to his table, how his hands shook, how he saw me watching him, how his eyebrows raised in embarrassment, then annoyance, then back to embarrassment. How he shuffled out of the restaurant, pausing to give me “the hand.”
How I suffer so for my art.
Still, when you really watch a person, you pick up on subtleties and details that truly enrich your writing. Give it a try. You’ll see what I mean.
So this week, observe someone and write a character sketch. Watch how they move, talk, drink coffee. Suck up the smallest detail, and write it down. Then let me read it. I’m a voyeur that way.
Please post your submission in the comments OR post in your blog and leave a link to your blog in the comments.