All posts tagged: watching

3 Curious Ways to Build Character: Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal #writingtips #amwriting

When you build a character, you are really fueled by curiosity not answers. ~Andre Dubus III I believe Andre Dubus III put the art of building characters in perfect perspective. We as writers are indeed driven by curiosity. It is our ‘watching’ of the world, and those around us, that constructs who our characters are and ultimately become. Even in our minds, we watch them, the characters who live in our imaginations. When we allow the stories in our heads to tell themselves with an organic voice, we become witnesses, and thus stenographers if you will. We find our characters behaving naturally in their environments, shocking us with the choices they make, the thoughts they have, the people they connect with, their mannerisms. Curiously, we keep our eyes on them, jotting down every detail. We watch. We build. It becomes like a game of Jeopardy. We have the answers to who and why. The story that we write around these ‘answers’ is where the questions come from. The stories themselves are actually the questions. HERE …

1,000 Stories: A Quote

Everybody walks past a thousand story ideas everyday. The good writers are the ones who see five or six of them. Most people don’t see any.” ~Orson Scott Card The stories, the imagery we see daily, be it on the outside or in the inside of our imaginations, are like seeds. Like dandelion fluff, the fertile seeds are plentiful, we just need to have the will to let them take root and flourish. We have to be willing to see what it is that is right in front of us, or tucked within us. Happy watching, waiting, and writing. Cheers!