"Be curious: Who is that woman buying five lemons and two peaches at the grocery counter? What does her purse contain? And what does she dream at night?
Only you, the writer, care. Don’t let her disappear out in the parking lot and into oblivion."
–Natalie Goldberg (Writer’s Digest article…Sep 2010)
I love this quotation…especially the part about dreaming. We see tiny slivers of each other’s lives, and I always find it fascinating to extrapolate from their the important things about people. I may be totally wrong, but that creating of characters, and plots for those characters, is one of my favorite things to do. Of course, I might have it totally, completely wrong! But when I do my creating in poems, whichever friend or stranger was the initial inspiration has no idea anyway. :>)
What do you think?