At first glance, writing appears to be a solitary pursuit. You sit alone with your thoughts and spew words on a page. But I can think of no other calling which connects us so completely, soul to soul. To write strong characters who act in believable ways, we must interact with real people. You know face to face, in person, real-life relationships.
We writers are an introverted bunch and interacting with others is challenging, thrilling, exciting. Yes, exciting. I have developed a trick for talking to people. The key? I listen, nod, and ask questions. Complete strangers reveal their deepest desires, pet peeves, how they react in certain situations. Their honesty has been astonishing. Along with great material for my writing, I have also gained new friends.
What surprises has your writing given you?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer