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10+ Ways to Find Inspiration for Writing: Studying People
Hello and welcome to part 4 of my guide on to 10+ Ways to Find Inspiration for Writing, Being a Freelance Writer or Book Author: Studying People. Here you'll learn the why and how to studying people for finding writing inspiration! Study people? What does that mean and why and how can studying people help me to become a writer or author let alone a better one? That's a good question and I'm glad you asked it as that will be the subject for today's lesson in which you'll learn the why and how to studying people to become a or be a better writer and or author.
Why Study People?
Many great articles and books that many famous published authors have written have been great because the authors of them well and truly studied the people they were writing about. Some of them lived, breathed and dreamed all things of that person they was writing about. Became their best friend even if they didn't know it!
And it was through this great amount of study that was put in on that person, or people! That helped them write such a great article or book upon it! I'm not talking about stalking them lol. But by researching information about them, like a reporter would almost. No basically exactly like a reporter would minus the obnoxiousness!
How Not To Study Someone....
So why you would want to study people is so that you can write a very detailed (covered in our last class), up to date, true to life report or story upon that person, or even group of people, or even some subject matter you need or want to write about. Whether it's a basic news report, essay or blog post or something else altogether.
And by doing that, you will earn people's respect. When you show you have put your research in as it was a topic well worthy of doing so and you've very nobly covered that person, people or subject in great detail by studying him or her, or them or it. And that is the sign of a truly great write and how writers can see success.
How to Study People?
So that's why you should study people. And how is basically as said before in other lessons, (by going deeper) but it really depends on who or whome or what you're wanting to write about. If it's a person or people like a celebrity or a music band or something, you can do most of it online (but going deep).
But there are many other ways as well and if you couldn't use the Internet you'd have to use them and you still can despite having the Internet lol. All you need to do is think about ways you can find out about them offline, whether it's finding out about gigs they're doing or events they're going to. You'll probably need the Internet for this too though.
Obviously, as said, I'm not talking about stalking people paparazzi style! lol. Don't go parking outside people's homes people it's not cool and you wouldn't like it?
But that is one thing that it takes to be a great writer or author, someone that can study people and learn things about them which they can write about that nobody else has.
Your Optional Homework:
- Think of someone you know or like and then set about studying them!
- Write down some things about them you've found out in your research that you think is significant.
- Write an article about them by;
- Feeling their pain & joy.
- Going deep & being detailed .
- Scratching beneath the surface.
- Studying and researching them.
And that completes today's lesson. I hope you've enjoyed it and learned something!
In our next article we'll talk about collecting words, ideas, metaphors & puns etc
which you can use to base your writings on so that you always have a flow of words ready or something you can use to write about it for inspiration at any time you need it!