Does People-Watching Help Character Development?

By , February 27, 2012 12:00 am


Are fictional characters drawn directly from life? Obviously not, at least on a one-to-one basis—you’d better not, unless you want to get sued or shot on your way to the mailbox some fine morning.

~Stephen King, On Writing


"Indie Shopping" Cartoon by MMRule

Does people-watching help your character development?  Comment and let us know!

4 Responses to “Does People-Watching Help Character Development?”

  1. Brian says:

    To remove your question from a literary context, yes. It’s great to see what other people around you are doing so you can take notes as to what you do and don’t like about them in any given situation and keep those mental notes for yourself. Of course, it’s also just fun to make fun of strangers behind their backs sometimes.

    Going back to your real question, I’d imagine that inspiration is everywhere, so why not?

    • MMRule says:

      Hi Brian :) I also like to observe what people say and do during “small talk” situations so I can have more ideas for what to say myself!

  2. See Elle Oh says:

    I think so. It lets me observe people’s mannerisms and speech patterns in ways that I can’t when I have conversations (which are also helpful).

    • MMRule says:

      Watching people from afar does have some advantages over being up close and having a conversation. Seeing a person’s mannerisms (especially when they are in a rush or carrying a lot ;-)) is especially interesting. Thanks for commenting!

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