If your mind has stalled, stuck in that writer’s rut of lost muse, perhaps it is time for a vacation from writing. This can be as short as a trip to the coffee shop and drinking your favorite brew. Watch people. Here you are surrounded by interesting individuals with varied conversations floating around you. Imagine a story for each.
That grey-haired lady, the one with the red top, has left her dull husband and has decided to fly to St. Croix. She is fleeing her past, wanting to create a new persona. She looks for adventure in these late years of life. She thinks the locale will assist. Does she have a cat?
Those two young lovers at a corner table, caught in a fiery dispute, don’t make eye contact with each other as they spew nasties at each other. He has found love elsewhere and her heart has been stabbed. Anger sparks. He moves from conciliatory to annoyed. Is he getting up from the table? Does she beseech him to stay?
Businessmen at a center table make deals that will make or break their futures. Confidence grows. Yet, a distrustful undertone is present in their terse conversation.
The baristas laugh, especially after the delivery guy teases Emily. Eyes flash. Smiles fill the faces. A tedious job takes on a party-like atmosphere. Will he ask her out? Is he married. . . Is she?
Three middle-aged women relax after dropping kids at school. From conversation, you hear that they are planning to form a book club. As they sip, they consider different people to invite into their group. A wrong move here can kill the group and create great drama—often negative. The right invite can cause friendship to grow. Can these three very different personalities come up with recommendations that will benefit all?
Vacations need not be long. They simply have to be mind-refreshing. Our writing life is solitary, and we become stale without some human interaction. That short respite can jump-start and enthuse a sluggish talent. I see a short story (maybe even a novel) in any of these scenarios. Oh, get me to my computer!