Monday, October 15, 2007

How creative people view every day tasks

Yesterday, I told my husband I was going to go grocery shopping and asked him if he wanted to come along--fully expecting a "thanks, but no thanks" answer.

Instead, he grabbed my camera and said, "Let's go."

I glanced at the camera then back at him.

He shrugged. "It's got a time lapse feature."

"Okay. Just don't let me forget the iced tea this time."

This short video (I swear, it is) proves that creative people--writers, artists, photographers, or what have you--view every day tasks differently than non-creative types. As writers, we observe the various behaviors of the shoppers and employees at the store. And the shapes, colors, scents, and sounds jump out at us and demand our attention: seeing yellow margarine tubs, wishing you'd worn a sweater in the frozen food aisle, breathing in the scent of freshly baked bread, and listening to the announcements of sales over the P.A. system. Maybe a certain score from a soundtrack runs through your head as you meander through the produce department? Perhaps you create your own lines of dialog (in your head again) for the elderly couple over by the apples?

Of course, we store these away in our memories (or jot them down somewhere if your memory is as bad as mine), only to pull them out to use in a story later. At least, I do. :-)

So how about you? What do you do to see the world differently? Do you view every day tasks in a different light, from a different angle, than others?

Happy Writing,


MUSIC: "Flora/Fauna" by Anamanaguchi from the album Power Supply. (It's upbeat...It'll get you going! LOL)

Kaleidoscope of Consumerism from eric cwiertny on Vimeo.