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Through the Eyes of a Writer

A creative writer sees the world differently. They don’t just see a nameless man in a suit brushing past on the sidewalk; they see a man with a story, one that may be unraveling given the way he’s bumping and pushing his way through the crowd.

He looks like a George. A George Allen, perhaps, and he’s dashing off with his cellphone pressed to his ear because he’s just gotten a call to tell him his wife is in labor. Who needs brunch, anyway? And how kind of him to leave an untouched blueberry scone behind…

Unfortunately, he took the coffee with him. But he’ll need it when he finds out he’s having twins.

Within every person, there’s a story waiting to be read. A writer sees the potential in everyone they meet, from the grouchy, old neighbor who glares out her window to the man who sleeps on the sidewalk.

No one’s life is truly boring. If you look deep enough, you can see what makes a person interesting and unique. Often times, a writer can look at a complete stranger and see the possibilities, and sometimes those possibilities become an inspiration for a character or a book.

There are so many talented people who have put their imaginations to paper to inspire, teach, amuse, and comfort others.

What book or author inspired you as a child? What world did you step into that you didn’t want to leave? What characters stuck with you long after you closed the book?

4 thoughts on “Through the Eyes of a Writer”

  1. Hi Crystal. Great post! My favourite book as a child was actually The World of Pooh. I loved Pooh bear and all his mates. My favourite book of all time is The Outsiders. I cry every time I read it. The characters are so real and I really feel with them and for them. An author has truly done their job if their writing can move a reader to tears.

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    1. I absolutely agree! To create that connection between the reader and the characters takes a lot of talent. I remember reading Pocahontas for the first time and my heart aching for her circumstances.


  2. Hello, Crystal.
    As I grow older, I find that, with a few exceptions, the best books I’ve read…are the ones I read as a young child. I couldn’t tell you the author that has been the greatest inspiration to me, because there are so many of them. But there was one book in particular that I remember really inspiring me to become a writer–THE MUSIC OF DOLPHINS, by Karen Hesse. I remember being so sad for Mila, who, after witnessing the best and worst of both the dolphin and the human worlds, thought that the human one was not one worth living in.

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