Sunday, March 1, 2009

March 1st

It's March, wahoo! I'm ready for spring time to arrive.

It gives a girl ideas to write about. There are a lot of conversations to hear. Let's admit it! We writers listen in on other people. It's food for our novels and it helps us write REAL.

So I get out and listen. Not to be nosy but so I can get a feel for how people talk. It helps me with my voice. And I write for kids so I usually listen to anyone from five years old to eighteen years old. I do notice what adults say too. Just not as much as the kids. When I started doing this I felt guilty. Now it has become a habit and I do it without even thinking about it. And the things I hear. Of course, I never repeat what I learn. So if you're eating out or having coffee look around, I might be listening. And learning. I promise I won't tell a soul!!:) It's just fodder for my stories.

Robyn

9 comments:

  1. I get all my best dialog from listening in to my students' conversations! You're right--it makes our stories REAL.

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  2. I'm with you, Robyn. I love March. I started my last two books in March. Starting a new one tomorrow, in fact.

    Good luck with your writing.

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  3. I bet you get some gooood stuff, Beth!

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  4. Hey Mary, it seems like March is your MONTH! If I were you I'd start one every March!:)

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  5. LOL! When I actually listen to teens talk, I can't believe how it sounds! It's too funny!

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  6. Yes, we're all spies. I listen, look, and smell other people. Everything but touching and tasting. :)

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  7. Yeah, watch out!! I'll be roaming about!:)

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