Friday, March 1, 2013
Every morning when I get to work, the first thought in my head is that I need a caffeine iv. Just hook me up and let me say java java repeatedly. Luckily, or not so much depending how you look at it, the corporate tech building I work in has it’s own Starbucks just down the hallway.
There is another interesting little benefit for going on a sugary goodness caffeine run and that’s the fact that while I’m there, I can do what I call ‘studying humans’. Don’t know if any one here knows it, but people do the funniest and strangest things when they think no one is looking. So what I like to do while waiting in line for my coffee is to watch people. I like to see how they interact with one another. See their smile turn to glee after a raunchy joke was just told, or watching a spoiled brat get upset when they’re coffee doesn’t come right away. Most of all I love seeing the employee’s reaction to it all.
This is a benefit that I think all writers could use. It’ll help when writing our character interactions and keep things from feeling forced. The last thing anyone wants to read is a fairly well written book with characters that to react differently then the way they should.
Plus, sometimes when I’m watching people, I’ll meet someone so interesting, I have to create them as a character.
Anyone else ever experience this?