It could be a little kid running after the ice cream truck, a mom with impressive muscle definition on a jog or a student crossing the street to meet a study group at Starbucks. Maybe it’s a middle-aged man sitting slightly out of place at a bus station. It could be anyone.
It’s at this ultimate level of people-watching that I come up with scenarios, or mini stories, about anonymous people’s lives. Imagining dramatic storylines, model lifestyles, unseen issues, deep thought processes and swirling emotions that these people could be dealing with intrigues me.
Imagination is fuel for writing. I can’t believe I never thought of this before, but I’m putting these miniature stories down in the form of fictional characters. These character stories are purely speculative material for a bit of creative writing. None of them are true, and some of them are likely depressing (be warned). People matter more than almost any other topic to me. Their stories are always interesting and unique, along with their personalities, quirks and opinions.
When you read these stories, think of how the perspectives of everyone around you are filled with complexities. Nothing is ever how it seems, and you may be more misunderstood than you think you are. No one can read your mind or understand the extent of experiences, struggles and people you’ve encountered, fought through and known––especially from a first glance.
That’s the beauty of the one-of-a-kind human being that, ironically, we all are.
I hope you enjoy the stories, and I’d love to know which one is your favorite. Always go after that thing that drives you, health nuts. ;)