Yesterday I had to go to the hospital before I had to go to work. It is in a place about 25 miles away from where I live so most of my day went for that and work. I was not happy about it because I would rather have spent some time writing.
Got myself in a real bad mood and figured the day would be horrible. But then I thought: “I do not want to live my life like that. Just use the time to do something for writing”.
I have my notebook with me all the time since a few weeks. Therefore I got my pen out and wrote down what I could hear, see, feel, smell and taste. Well, as I did not eat anything in the waiting room I did not taste anything but there was a lot of the rest.
It is amazing how much information we process wherever we are without realising it. It is also amazing how much inspiration you can get just from sitting in a waiting room but writing down what is around you.
I think I will do this more often as it makes me more aware what is around me and should be a good exercise to make my descriptions more alive. Using all senses instead of just describing what you see makes a novel, story ect a lot more realistic. And my waiting times a lot less boring ;-).
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