Motivation Monday: The Critical Importance of Eavesdropping

Listening to others’ conversations in public places can be a fun and writerly activity, provided you’re not actually invading someone else’s personal space.

Know what else is fun? Eavesdropping on thought processes. And few places are more nakedly full of thought processes than restaurant menus at local eateries with hand-typed menus. Which brings me to this gem:

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How wickedly twisted and wonderful is this? Some writerly food for thought.

How do you gather material when you’re out in public spaces? Are you a people watcher at the mall? Are cell phone conversations in elevators your absolute favorite? What other details about public life pique your interest? Share in the comments.