@Andres NIeto Porras. CC

So in the last couple of days I walked around armed with a pen and a notebook. I observed people’s expressions, movements and clothes. Now I’m exhausted but full of ideas.
It really does help to “truly” look at others, although be careful- don’t stare at people like a crazy maniac. ( I did that on a train and the guy (fairly big, with two teeth missing, which was probably the reason for my staring- attack) gave me the scariest look (evil grin) you can possibly imagine). First of all, being “obviously” watched isn’t a nice feeling and secondly, you don’t want anybody to complain (then you are distracted from your work and forget everything- although…I didn’t forget ‘the grin’). Rather, observe and learn Sherlock-Holmes-style. Imagine Watson is your notebook (a bit like the ball Wilson in the movie “Cast Away”) and let him know about your observations. Think about the person’s possible job and write down why you make those assumptions.
Don’t make the following mistake: “I will write it down later.” It really doesn’t work and you will never remember how many great ideas or descriptions you forgot (haha).
How important is the description of clothes in novels? That’s what I’ve been wondering since I’ve started to open my eyes to other, unknown human beings. Of course, clothes should be mentioned but is it vital to talk about it in great detail?
Clothes show our personality (to an extend) and if we like fashion (or despise it). That’s a lot of information about your character you can give by only using a few sentences!
What surprised me after my observations was the fact that a lot of people don’t care as much about fashion but much more about style. Individuality is important- conformism isn’t in fashion.
What I always forget to describe about my characters are those minor details- things we never really think about. For example, I have several favourite mugs- all of them representing my mood. One is very colourful- I only use it when I’m very happy. One is just plain white- To be honest, I use that one for guests because I feel some sort of crazy ownership for my other precious mugs. One is very Christmassy (Actually, I’m using it now for obvious reasons!). These so called minor details can be quiet important in a book- telling your readers loads about the characters quirkiness level. (By the way, I’ve got more than three mugs!).
Anyway, let me finish my coffee now! 