The only time I wear sunglasses is when I’m on the beach and my reason has nothing to do with the glare of the sun, UV rays and eye protection.
When I wear sunglasses, it has everything to do with people watching.
I don’t mean it in a creepy-stalker-kind-of-way like the guy I wrote about in that other post. I’m talking about the subtle and perfectly sneaky way to observe people’s interactions, body language and conversations that are within earshot.
And no one is really the wiser if you do it the right way.
Sunglasses on, nose in book and ears wide open.
The kind of observations that get your imagination pumping, that have you making up stories about the people around you, pushing you to decipher the relationships between them. The kind of observations that leaves you with questions like:
How is it that this mother and daughter duo have matching plastic surgery? Did they go under the knife together?
This couple looks all lovey dovey but what secrets are they keeping from each other?
What’s the story behind this woman’s back tattoo? Does she regret it now that she is older?
Who was sipping on this coconut before they abandoned it on the beach? Or did it wash up onto the beach after being out in the ocean?
Yes, I am guilty of wearing my sunglasses to seek out story ideas when I’m on the beach.
But as a writer, YOU are guilty too.
Whether it’s on the beach, while sitting in a coffee shop, at the hair salon or on the train…I know that you do it too because as writers and readers, we observe, ponder, imagine and create tales to entertain ourselves.
But have you ever thought about who is watching you?
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