Double Living

Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind. ~Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957

I found this writing blog through blogcatalog after she stopped by for a visit. If you need some inspiration today or any day you’re stuck for material for characters, I recommend a visit. It’s a very interesting idea for a blog.In a college level writing class years ago my professor sent us out on campus to do this and come back with a story. I would love to know what was really going on in comparison to the story I wrote. Where do you get your inspiration for characters? Today,is field trip day. Leave the sanctity of your workspace and go out preferably, somewhere new, write detailed descriptions of the characters you encounter…you might get snippets of conversations to inspire you. Enjoy your day! and then get back to work!


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2 Replies to “Double Living”

  1. A favorite thing I would do as a teenager, going on vacations with my family, would be to create characters from fellow passengers at the airport. Maybe it was the mystique of air travel and I’d simply read too many mystery novels, but it was always fun to try to develop a story from the old lady sitting with her dog in a carrier… Or the businessman traveling alone… Or the loud older couple with the shopping bags. Where had they come from, and where was their final destination? There’s a story in everything when you look hard enough.

    Nice to see someone empowering folks to let their imaginations run free… ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. thanks thriftshopromantic! Airports are great people watching places, I lived in London for a short time and I loved weaving stories about people on the tube.

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