Use life as research

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable – Francis Bacon

I’m afraid it’s going to be a short post today. Life got in the way of things, meetings over-ran, I bumped into people that I hadn’t seen for a while and now I have 45 minutes left to get ready before I have to leave to go out for dinner.

Slightly peeved that the first day of my 500 word minimum goal it’s likely that I’m going to miss it, but so be it. Whatever I miss today I will have to make up tomorrow. And the people that I’m off to meet are both lovely and hilariously funny so there’s a good chance that I will be able to mentally lay down some choice phrases and anecdotes to plunder in future writing.

Thinking about it, one of my meetings today would also work well as the background to a number of different scenes. It was informal and in a busy coffee shop in a very cosmopolitan part of London. I could so easily have tuned out the person that I was meeting to listen in on the conversations around me – let’s hope that wasn’t obvious to her! Post-meeting I managed to scribble down some notes and reminders to add to my log of interesting dialogue. All-in-all, a very productive meeting even if it doesn’t actually lead to us working together.

If you don’t already keep a note of ideas, overheard phrases, character names etc. I’d suggest that you seriously consider starting to do it. Having your own ready-made library/goldmine of ideas and information is hugely useful. Anyway, got to dash, but think about it.

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