One more observation from the interview with Anita of Miscelena Handmade Productions (from the Baltimore Street Team blog) about creativity:
“I carry my point-and-shoot camera *everywhere*. I'm not a 'serious' photographer, and my shots are as often more simple documentation than thoughtful compositions... but whenever I see a palette of colors or textures(sky/trees/roadway or brick/concrete/railing or skirt/sign/building) I try to 'catch' it. Even if I never directly reference the images I capture, I think it keeps my brain 'tuned' to looking for patterns and contrasts.”
I think the same thing works for writers in terms of jotting down things in a notebook—even if you never use the overheard scraps of dialogue or the location description, it helps keep you mind tuned in to the kinds of observation that supports your writing.
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