Friday, August 6, 2010

I now understand what it means to think like a writer

Tonight I'm blogging from the patio of the only coffee shop in town and I had an experience that made me realize that I officially think like a writer. A couple stopped to ask directions to a sub shop down the street and after I told them how to get there, I watched them pull away and began to wonder about why they were going to this eatery. It's not like it's an unsavory place. In fact, it's a chain restaurant that has awesome fries, but still, they weren't local, so why were they looking for that particular sub shop? Of course my mind went to the most logical conclusion. They were meeting someone who had offered to sell them the baby they could never have. WHAT?

People watching has got to be like crack for a writer. As I watch people come and go, I'm distracted by the lives they might be leading. That's what thinking like a writer is... seeing something completely normal and innocent and distorting it into something sinister or awkward. Yes, the suspense guru's message was well received. So now I have lost two of my favorite activities to my passion. I can't read a book without seeing a missing punctuation and thinking, "What was your copy editor doing? Drinking on the job?" and I can't just watch people come and go and think the best of their lives... nope, they are obviously off to buy a baby.

1 comment:

  1. My, my, Sarah! You have been busy on your blog this week.

    I didn't have time to leave a comment on my first visit a week ago. So, in order to boost your confidence that your message in Shadow Land at WVU did not go unnoticed, here I am.
    You have a great writing style, and I like the appearance and content of your blog. (My own is sadly suffering from malnutritoun. Lol.)

    Judging by this short acquaintance with you and your work, I have no doubt you are on the way to higher things in the writing world, and I wish you every success.

    Wushes and vibes,
    Grumps. ;-)