As a writer we need to have the ability to disappear in to the background. To observe. To extract meaning from body language, action and reaction. To study human relationships. To unearth great dialogue. To ask the ‘what-if’ questions and let our imaginations run free. All in the pursuit of the story. Which means, we need to know when to shut up and listen to let our senses do the work.
That’s not to say we’re all shrinking violets, too introvert to go out in to the world – far from it. But most of us have a natural tendency to just hang back a little, take in the scene and happily fulfill our roles as ‘The Quiet Ones’.
What do you think? Do you find it easy to fade in to the periphery and enjoy watching the world go by? Are you secretly one of ‘The Quiet Ones’? To help you decide, have a read of this short poem I wrote.
The Quiet Ones
They scrabble for note books to scribble down words.
Picking up phrases for stories unheard.
They listen intently, pretend not to pry,
But they’re collecting your business
To tell some more lies.
They orbit the action, observe the absurd,
They dine on depravity, reality interred.
You think you catch whispers and glances then gone.
The quiet ones are writers
And right where they belong.
This was my 17th post for the A-Z Blog Challenge. Follow the blog during April for more writing tips, inspirational life posts, short fiction, film-inspired articles and more songs with audio recordings. Next post – R is for Red, White and Blue (song)