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For a writer, overheard snippets of conversation can be nuggets of creative gold. Not only can listening to the way people talk to each other help us when writing dialogue, but the things they say can spark some pretty great stories or plot twists too. I find the best snippets come when you can only hear one side of the conversation, leaving you to fill in the blanks and figure out who they are talking to and what it's all really about.
A few years ago one site (bugged) even ran a UK wide eavesdropping challenge. On July 1st 2010 writers in the UK were asked to eavesdrop then write a short piece of fiction based on what they heard and submit it to the site within six weeks. The best entries were then published in a book.
Have you ever used eavesdropping to collect story ideas? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to hear from you.
I'm going to be away on holiday until 15th April, but I have scheduled all the posts for while I'm away. I will try and log in once a day to check everything is running smoothly and reply to as many comments as I can. If you leave a comment I will visit your blog when I return and reciprocate. Happy A to Z'ing.