Following on from the previous post about where writers get their ideas, here are a couple of pieces of inspiration that came to me from situations recently.
a work meeting, I was introduced to someone who looked so like another friend
of mine they could easily have been brothers, it was quite disconcerting. This
reminded me of the first time I saw a photo of a favourite author, and realised he looks uncannily like an ex-colleague. We do sometimes see people who
remind us of others, or who could be the double of someone we
know. In fiction these occurrences can be used for deception and mistaken
identity, but I’m sure (with a lot of thought) we could come up with a more
A few weekends ago, I walked out to a sandbank in the inner harbour area at low tide. I was able to go out quite a way, and this gave me a very different view of the
harbour bridge than I usually have, and it also gave me a view of
the city and marina which I can’t normally see because of the bays and
artistic terms, perspective is about painting, drawing or representing
three-dimensional objects on a two- dimensional surface to give the impression
of height, width, depth and position. In writing terms, it’s about seeing
objects, people and events through the eyes and filters of a particular
individual, our point of view character.
You only have to raise the subject of politics to realise that
people can view the same person, event or action in very different ways. As a writer, you don't have to agree with your character's perspective, but you do have to get into their head to understand how they would view another person or event.
This should make for more realistic characters in our writing, and if it's something we think about on a personal basis, it could make for more pleasant everyday interactions!