The only time I wear sunglasses is when I’m on the beach and my reasons have nothing to do with the glare of the sun, UV rays and eye protection. Wearing sunglasses has everything to do with people watching.
I don’t mean in a creepy stalker kind of way like the guy in this post. I’m talking about the not-so-obvious, 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 “observing” that gets your imagination going, leads you to make up stories about the people you see and try to decipher the relationships between them…the stuff begs questions like:
How is it that this mother and daughter have matching plastic surgery?
Mother and daughter with matching plastic surgery All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews
What secrets are these two lovers keeping from each other?
What secrets are they keeping from each other? All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews
What’s the story behind this woman’s back tattoo?
Why did she get that tattoo? All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews
Who was sipping on this coconut before they abandoned it?
Whose coconut was this and how did it get here? All Rights Reserved ©2017 Marquessa Matthews
Yes, I am guilty of wearing my sunglasses to seek out 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 coffeeshop, at the hair salon or on the train…
I know that you do it too because as writers, we observe, ponder, imagine and create tales.
The question is, “Who’s watching you?”
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