Where Things Come From
Example No.1: How writing works.
I’ve just returned to writing proper (powered by the miracle of medication). I make no excuses for this. Fantasy world building is exhausting, and it was late.
Example No. 2: Observational Detective Work
Sitting opposite this theatrical ticket agency having coffee with a friend, something bothered me.
I’ve seen the poster enough times – I was sitting with someone who designed it. What was the white floating thing under the title? A flying bed? A ghost car? Neither of them are in the show.
We sat for a while trying to puzzle it out until the answer literally presented itself to us. Two tourists stopped before the poster and one encouraged the other to have their photograph taken. The guy in the picture backed up to the poster while the girl taking the shot moved him left and right.
A few minutes later the exact same thing happened. Thing was, both couples were Chinese and both of the guys being photographed were wearing backpacks with two crossbars. The image had been made by the tourists themselves.
Proving you can get observational detail from just about anything.