The art of observation

“For me, silence had always been another form of communication. After all, you can tell so much just by looking at a person.”

—Herta Müller

I love this quote by contemporary Romanian-born German author Herta Müller.

And it’s true that writers have to make an art of this, observing people and trying to glean from these “silences” their story, their background, their hopes and dreams.

This is part of the fun of the writing process, and how many writers have built an entire world from observations of a person, without a word ever having been exchanged or overheard?

So, writers, start people watching to jump start your next story…


  1. evelyneholingue on August 20, 2018 at 1:44 am

    So true, especially nowadays when everyone has always so much to say, due to our wonderfully crazy social media.

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