Spy on People

The great advantage of being a writer is that you can spy on people. You’re there, listening to every word, but part of you is observing. Everything is useful to a writer, you see – every scrap, even the longest and most boring of luncheon parties.

Graham Greene

Here is a little something for the writer’s toolbox, from the mouth of Graham Greene himself. Do you find yourself doing it? Or worse yet do others see you doing it? My favorite spying is listening. Hang on to every word, oh, you know what they really meant to say by the tone in which they said it. You don’t even have to see the look on the person’s face that heard it sometimes. You hope they didn’t just see you shake your head thinking, “Oh no I didn’t just hear that.”

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