Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

March 1, 2011

Voyeurism as a Writing Tool


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

VOYEURISM AS A WRITING TOOL

I must, in the interest of full disclosure, begin this column with a confession: I am a voyeur; more specifically, a parenting voyeur. I like to watch people interact with their kids. I do my voyeur thing in restaurants, stores, shopping centers, parking lots, and so on. I try to do it without staring, of course. The trick is to go unnoticed.*

      I, too, must, in the interest of full disclosure, admit to being a voyeur. But then, John Rosemond and I have one thing in common: we are writers. And as writers, we are taught to eavesdrop—other’s conversations and actions provide interesting fodder for our writing.

     Eavesdropping was a source of numerous feature stories and Internet posts. A family in a booth behind me spoke of celebrating the healing of their son following an automobile accident, a group discussed bear hunting in Alaska.

     Sometimes I interject myself as a participant in a conversation, as when I overheard a father ask his son not to tell reveal to the wife/mother that he’d ordered a not-so-healthy breakfast. That’s when I turned and said “Maybe you son won’t tell—but I will.” A healthy laughter and conversation followed—as did a post.

     My daughter sometimes tries to stop me from eavesdropping, especially when I indicate that she must pause and allow me to hear more about a snippit of conversation I overhear. She’s mortified that I pry into privacy. However, most of the time, I am in a public place where conversation is loud enough that I need make no effort to listen.

     My writing material emerges from many sources, of which voyeurism  is just one.

     Yes, I am a voyeur. And I make no apologies for it!

SOURCE 

*John Rosemond, Child becomes ringmaster in family circus, Greensburg Tribune-Review, February 15, 2011, pp. D2

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ADDITIONAL READING:

March days to celebrate

WHAT IS THE KEY INDICATOR TO YOUR WRITING SUCCESS?

THE ART OF THE INTERVIEW: Things Writers Should Know

http://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/category/writing-topics/

http://beanerywriters.wordpress.com/category/writing-articles/

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