Coke or Pepsi?
McDonalds or Burger King?
Target or WalMart?
Inspirational or Erotica?
Are you the type who has to take a peek at the end of a book to see who done it? Or do you prefer to wade through the entire story to savor the suspense? As a writer, are you a plotter or a pantser?
Fortunately, for all of us, no two people are alike. Not even identical twins. Sure, they may sometimes dress and act alike, but in the end, they’re different. Everyone has personal tastes and preferences. It’s what makes humans fascinating. I love learning about people … and I don’t think that’s just the writer in me. I enjoy people watching in restaurants, and yes, I do unashamedly listen in on conversations if it sound like it’s gonna be interesting. There are those who talk too loud on their cell phones, so you cannot help but hear an entire one-sided conversation.
Apple or Microsoft?
Nook or Kindle?
A writer can make up an entire story just listening to the chatter in a movie theater. And articles in newspapers and magazines? Pure fodder for the imagination. I love it when something catches my eye and sparks that creative corner of my brain. Hell, I’ve written an entire scene based on a five line paragraph in the National Enquirer. If you want something odd or kooky … that’s the place to go. Even photographs can open a world of speculation. Anyone else remember that photograph on the cover of the National Geographic of that Afgan girl taken about twenty years ago? She had the most beautiful big grey eyes. Just stunning. Even without reading the accompanying article, that photograph alone was memorable.
So, what are you? Chocolate or Vanilla?